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The simple answer is no, not by a long shot. But given the media coverage, it can certainly feel like it.
There are a lot of factors conspiring to make this outbreak seem especially bad. For one, it has been quite some time since the world has experienced a major outbreak.
Prior to 1900, it was relatively difficult for diseases to spread as broadly and quickly as they do today.
However, thanks to modern transportation, global pandemics can now develop relatively quickly.
We also have to consider that there are personal, political and monetary interests behind making the COVID-19 outbreak as scary as possible.
The media, vying for views, is apt to present a more worrying narrative. Politicians, on the other hand, see it as an opportunity to increase spending. And, people, in general, can get a lot of attention by sharing the scariest posts on social media.
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