There's a simple explanation for why idiots like thc6795 think it's overblown.
He reads the numbers from H1N1 and the regular flu season and concludes that this is all a media-driven hoax to hurt Trump.
But what he doesn't understand is that those numbers are estimates conducted after the outbreak was already over.
In real-time, this virus is an order of magnitude worse than H1N1. By the end of June 2009, H1N1 only had 27,000 confirmed cases in the United States. By November of that year, H1N1 only had 4,000 confirmed deaths.
If you don't think this is going to end up worse than H1N1 then you're just not paying attention.