88,000 people died of alcohol related deaths annually(US) source- NIAAA.gov. 56,000 die from flu(US) source-cdc. etc, etc etc,,,, Here is a shocker that does not require a virologist to explain, the UN estimates 25k people starve a day. Yes I do believe there is a larger amount of the world attention on this issue compared to other issues. A lot of that is because of the unknown elements of this virus. There is people working tirelessly allover the world trying to solve an infinite number of problems society faces, God bless them for it. It would be great to get a fraction of the airtime for some of these efforts. To my point, the disproportionate percentage of global attention towards this issue will probably result in some pretty significant economic issues. The end result of that will give the virus a run for it money in damage to peoples lives. Maybe "hysteria" is not the most refined word to explain the amount of attention this is getting possibly "disproportionate while compared to the backdrop of other issues" may be better placed.