As the WHO continues to respond to the massive outbreak of the novel coronavirus, health workers and government officials are working to reduce its negative effect on the economy and population before the virus becomes a global crisis.
China fucked up big. I wonder the severity and response from the rest of the world will be in the long run over this. The Fukushima reactor meltdown officials hiding the severity of that and poisoning the Pacific ocean is one thing that most people let slip under their radar, foolishly. But I don't think this is going to be quite so easy for regular folks to ignore and brush aside.
The BIGGEST initial crisis a nation will face as a result of an outbreak of the Coronavirus is the collapse of the healthcare system. An R0 of 2.6 for a highly infective airborne disease means ~ 60% of a nation will be infected. During the peak, with 20% requiring hospitalization for a week or more, you could have ~2.5% of a nation in serious or critical condition. For the US that's ~8.4m people, or around 9x the number of hospital beds we have in the nation.
The potential collapse of the healthcare system, the resultant increase in case fatality (probably to 5+%) and the potential for the breakdown of civil order (at least on a local level) is almost certainly a big driver for South Korea and Italy essentially declaring martial law to contain the outbreak.