Thank you LL
Wow - 40,000 confirmed cases with just under 1000 deaths? That is scary.
No, it isn't actually. At least not at that point. More people fall ill with the influenza and die from it.
What however is scary is, that we got a taste of what might come if there was a Virus or Bacteria both very contagious and a lot more fatal.
We are still basking in modern medical achievements, with antibiotics, antiviral drugs and excellent sanitation keeping the western industrialized world safe from epidemics like the plague or cholera.
But we now we are faced with the almost impossible task to contain an epidemic from spreading and even though China implemented a strict (and ruthless) quarantine (seriously hardly any other country on this planet would have managed that quite as well as China did ) borders closed, evacuated expats went into quarantine in their home countries, even though everyone is indeed apprehensive and careful, the virus spreads.
The Chinese are extremely obedient and calm, imagine being forced into virtual house arrest: I dare say, in many other countries there would already be very alarming social problems with possibly looting as the shops and streets are deserted and not even police are out to patrol, people would start needing food, however since many people aren't working, there is neither stuff at the markets, nor much money to spend it....
Have such a virus break or run riot in a country that can less strictly control her citizens, and we have a much bigger issue at hand. There would be no way we could contain it.