I don't see panic coming from my side of the fence. I do however see Chuck and Nancy trying to make this political. It's clearly not. It's like any other health crisis. We gather the data, plan a response and act on said plan.
As one of the most intelligent posters on this site, you have to see this. What else can he do? Should we shut down all public events? Should we shut down all restaurants and grocery stores? You want to see a panic? That would do it.
Hell, in the Midwest, our shelves empty when there's a threat of snow. Can you imagine if we announced Schucks would be closed for a week?
That would be devastating to the economy. Of course that's exactly the motivation of Chuck and Nancy. Trump can't be stopped on the economy so let's make it a disaster.
Now I ask this in all sincerity because as stated, you have smarts and common sense. Have you or your family altered your lifestyle since the announcement of this virus? Do you still shop, eat out, go to church, school, movies, etc? If you do, then you're a reasonable person.