Raconteur Report was added to the blog roll not only for his sunny disposition but because he is the single best source of information and perspective on Coronavirus, Ebola and so on. Aesop is a registered nurse in an emergency room somewhere in southern California. Not only is he well versed in this stuff, but his interest is far more than academic...he might be elbow deep in biohazard with the very next "guts spilled with a knife" patient.
One of the first things you learn in Project Management is to not measure a pile of shit with a micrometer. When dealing with shit information, if you are lucky, it resolves to binary: "Plenty" or "not plenty."
At this point I believe that the new strain of Cornonavirus is "plenty bad enough" but will defer to Aesop's expertise in these matters.