Why is the novel coronavirus so scary?

I am curious on why Covid-19 is so scary when there are so many other diseases (diabetes, obesity, opioid addiction) that has killed more (so far). Right away, there are the multiple of reasons that I can think of:

  1. There is currently no vaccine for the novel coronavirus. We all hope there will be one but the perpetual uncertainties of the future can be scary.  
  2. Herd mentality. If you see someone else panicking, it’s hard not to join in. If everyone around is hoarding toilet paper, it does make you question if you are missing out on something important.  
  3. The stock market. It’s harder to be calm about the virus when you see how it is decimating your 401k. You can try and walk the calm walk, but money can really talk quite the talk when you are losing it.

The more news you read, the more reasons you will find but since pop culture is forever my favorite teacher, I will reverently refer to what the joker said in the dark night.

“Nobody panics when things go according to plan. Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan”. But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds.” 

This, I find to be my favorite explanation of why the coronavirus is so scary to us. It’s all “part of the plan” that people die from diabetes, obesity, and more recently opioid addiction. I’m curious if/when we will get use to the deaths from Covid-19.