Dennis Prager tells of one time he heard the news outlets warning of a huge blizzard. He left for his destination early, allowing plenty of time.
No blizzard. He got to his destination with lots of time to spare. When he asked people at the hotel, they all knew there was a huge blizzard on the way. Because the news outlets trumped what they saw looking out the window.
(John Hinderaker) Why are so many panicked over the Wuhan flu, a relatively minor disease? Of course, COVID can be deadly, like virtually all diseases, but if you are 25 or under it is less lethal than an average seasonal flu, and it is overwhelmingly the very elderly and infirm who are at risk.