You do realize that the "highly manipulated death count" is the same way they calculate all those flu deaths, right?
I am also in the corner of "over reaction and media hysteria are making this much worse" but the coronavirus death counts aren't being manipulated worldwide. Even the amounts that might be cooked in isolated cases they aren't going to amount to much in the overall picture.
Yeah, it's far less deadly than some typical diseases and illnesses we deal with but that doesn't make it an invalid concern.
To me, the coronavirus sort of mirrors the AIDS scare initially. A lot of the initial reactions, the complete lack of information and people acting irrationally is familiar. That's actually why I always call it "CoronAIDS." But, in the end AIDS infected over 70 million people and killed over 30 million(to date). If the virus death rate holds up, every person on the planet getting it would be tens of millions of deaths. So you can't exactly throw it all out as a hysteria and this spreads in a way that makes it run rampant in a short period of time.
People just need to be reasonable and they can limit the spread. That's what all these countermeasures are about, just simply slowing the march through the population. When people willfully ignore it or treat it as a hoax, it's just another opportunity for it to spread like wild fire. Trust me, I literally watched this happen at my current place of work.