I'm somewhat freaked. I felt a little better after reading an article in the Washington Post that said that the death rate from this disease is about 4%, the same as West Nile Virus. There were 3 possible cases in my state, one in my city--a University of Virginia student who travelled to Hong Kong. She has recovered.
What worries me the most is that my dh is a nurse at a major university hospital so I think he's at a greater risk of getting sick.
I'm trying to think of it this way: even in Hong Kong, it's a minority of the population who have gotten sick. I don't know the population of Hong Kong, but it's a huge city, right? So, out of a population of, maybe 5,000,000, a few hundred people have gotten sick.
Also, we only know of reported cases. Maybe some people are getting a milder version and only have bad cold symptoms and don't see their doctor at all or are misdiagnosed with flu. I'm just guessing about that, though.
Anyway, I'm trying to keep myself and my family as healthy as possible so we can fight any disease we encounter.