Uncertainty may give fear and panic. Much is not known about the new coronavirus because the Chinese dictators refuse to be transparent. Still, from what we know, we can say several reassuring things.
The virus is highly contiguous. It is very likely that many people the world over will be infected. However, most people will hardly get sick from it (but will likely pass the virus on). Those who will get sick, most of them will only get sick slightly (but might pass the virus on to people who may get very sick from it). So, globally, maybe a large number of people will die from it, but it seems that only a very small percentage will actually die.
In countries with a good health care system and a free press, expect that patients get excellent life-saving treatment. And also, that good isolation policies are being set up to slow down the epidemic. Your life may be in danger if you visit countries without good health care or a free press.
There are some reports that children are less affected.
It could be that you’ll be less sick if you got less virus into your body. So, even if you get infected, it will help to get as little infected as possible.
There are two ways to get infected: breathing it in and touching the virus and then touching the mucous membranes of your eyes, nose or mouth.
It seems impossible not to get the virus on your fingertips eventually (button in the bus, door handles, handshakes, money), but you can wash your hands with soap every time before you touch your face or eat. And insist no one sneezes in your face. Don’t eat food that others prepared unless you know they washed their hands with soap before.
If you need to self-quarantine (which is now 2 weeks but could become 4 weeks), follow instructions to the T. (If you hold that no one should tell you what to do, Israel awards that behavior now with 7 years imprisonment.) The largest chance is that now you weren’t infected yet. But if you were, the largest chance is that you won’t get sick. But if you do, the largest chance is that you got sick from another virus. But if you did, the largest chance is that you only be mildly sick. But, even if you’ll end up seriously sick, the largest chance is that you’ll fully recover. After which you may be immune and maybe your anti-bodies can save other people.
Help your immune system: eat well and sleep enough. Avoid crowds, air travel, and close contact with air travelers (airbnb).
This epidemic may die down with the passing of winter (just like influenza often does) but we don’t know yet. So, trying to delay getting infected may get you off the hook.
It’s likely that the epidemic will have enormous economic results: slowed Chinese production and tourism and disruption of society. International isolation and popular revolts can be expected too. But it will all pass.
If you say and think that G^d or Fate decide when you die so that you don’t need to take preventative steps but you do look both ways when you cross the street, the actual reason for your unwise passivity is just laziness.
Be smart, optimistic, and not fatalistic. Get serious information and ignore sensation, drama, and the rumor mill. Don’t trust anything dictatorial regimes say about the epidemic. Just stay alive. Dying is so 2019.