A couple of friends went away last week for half term. They were they delighted to arrive in a sunnier climate than Britain - but were somewhat perplexed to hear little to no mention of Covid-19 during their whole visit.
I also spoke to an American client last week who mentioned that the American press was much more focussed on the (higher) numbers of people who have died in the US from flu (around 10,000) in the period that Covid-19/Coronavirus has been active.
However, as the statistics and graphics in this brilliant article from Tortoise Media demonstrate the potential economic impact of the fear of Covid-19 is substantial - and global. And that's not even to mention the real human cost of the virus.
In real-time – look to any of China’s main airports. They are normally among the busiest in the world: by itself, Beijing Capital International Airport receives about 100 million passengers a year, dispatching them to almost 150 international destinations and just as many domestic ones. But now they are places of terrible inactivity. In the month to 13 February, the number of departures from Chinese airports fell by 87 per cent, from about 14,250 to 1,900.