This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.2
I’m hoping the NEJM editorial gets read and shared widely. Clearly all individuals and businesses need to be prepared for the worst case scenario. If you manage a large company, go back and review/revise your disaster recovery/business continuation plans. I’d make absolutely certain your tele-commuting platform is A+ and working as well as possible. You may even consider expanding your remote work capabilities because every one of your employees might be using it. Soon.