Barnet, you have hit the nail on the head there. I have not come across a single article by a mainstream media outlet that isnt projecting fear and chaos.
On another somewhat related note,
My mum is a dental nurse, between each patient, both dentist and nurse have to change to a new face mask. there are 5 dentists and 5 nurses at her place seeing up to 10 patients a day. 100 masks per day. They have been limited to buying 3 boxes of 100 per week. She says they have a small amount of stock left but they will soon have to start canceling/rescheduling appointments.
I am working at a couples house who are extremely wealthy, privately educated and genuinely down to earth. This hysteria has got to them as a delivery came with boxes and boxes of tinned food, bottled water, masks you name it they had bought it. I just raised my eyebrows and she said something to the effect of "dont come knocking when youve got nothing to feed your family when this virus really takes off" ...needless to say I reminded her I would not be knocking if we were in such a situation
It really is scary how far reaching the hysteria is. It is so clearly caused by the media.