This did not age well. For the record, the USA is on schedule exactly according to the doubling of cases every 4 days and this means you will have 100 million by May...and 200 million about 4 days later. Also the actual mortality rate (calculated using the deaths and recoveries, and ignoring the infected number which is not really knowable and definitely not accurate. The use of the standing infected rate and deaths from any moment is a trick to deceive people. This has a 14 day mean incubation time so you need to take the infected numbers from 14 days previously. Or better as I did, the recoveries and deaths. The end product as such. This gives the biggest sample and longest time. Worldwide it is between 15 and 20%. The USA has been averaging 37% for the last few weeks I have been calculating it.Regarding #2 "
Myth: You're waaaay less likely to get this than the flu
Not necessarily. "
I disagree with the way this is said. At least in most places, you ARE way more likely to get the flu. Although the coronavirus has a higher R0, it is not circulating widely in the United States and most countries. And not only is the flu potentially deadly, illness can last a very long time and cause disability and interruption of your life/career. So people should be taking the flu seriously and get a flu shot. Especially since it could be devastating to get both viruses at the same time.
Yes, they are trying to keep panic down by lowballing the mortality. Even though mortality is not the scariest thing about this, not even when it is as seems about 20%. The contagiousness which you seem to have ignored in this answer is the problem along with the need for medical intervention to keep the death toll at the level it is. It is perfectly designed to overwhelm the health systems of any nation. The only solution is early isolation as China did and even then it was only once they started to isolate those who tested positive and had contact with those who tested positive that they began to bring it down. So given they're trying to avoid panic at this level and yet clearly seeking a degree of panic why? Easy if you ever herded sheep. You need to panic the sheep enough to get them to go where you want...but too much to scatter them which loses control. We're being herded.