Still even if warranted these overreactions are much more harmful than good in the long run and we need to stop the short term knee jerk overreactions and start implementing some short-to-long term strategies that will actually mitigate the effects of the virus while putting into place things that will help treat it and other future viruses so that we do not need to panic due to a lack of resources. Its like we are being blinded side by something that has been hitting us over and over again for centuries. This virus is going to continue to spread and its going to spread fairly quickly (as it has) and widely (as it has) and what we need to get on the ball about now is up-scaling the infrastructure to handle it not undermining the infrastructure trying to prevent something we cannot even hope to prevent. And no I am not saying let it spread willy-nilly I am saying stop the overreactions and focus on the actual problems -- which appear to currently be testing materials and the ramping up of facilities to handle seriously sick patients until they can recover while continuing to work on preventive measures and maybe even treatment measures. Yes communicate that the virus is serious and if you are feeling ill get tested asap then if you are infected -- like any highly communicable disease isolate yourself as much as possible and disinfect.
To me its standard operating procedures of day to day living, do the preventative measures you can habitually and not do the things that would increase my likelihood of picking up a cold, virus, and/or disease also habitually. If everyone did just this the spread of any infectious virus would be minimized. However to many of us go around acting like nothing can affect us and then get surprised and panicked when it does affects us and start overreacting due to the surprised panic.
Basically I am a proponent of can we address the real problem while dealing with this symptom of that real problem. This ones nasty and seriously dangerous but so will be the next one and the one after that and .... ad infinitum if we do not start strategically planning for this ahead of time rather than overreact when it hits us.