The internet, friends, family, strangers, officials and even preachers are all reacting to what can basically be considered rumor. Officials are corrupting data, internet "experts" are promoting their own brand of facts, and the entire mess of "information" is swirling around the toilet bowl of society. In the end, if the current virus is as dangerous as many think, there is not protection. It will progress regardless of any efforts to contain it, since it was allowed to be circulated by people for so long.
What's the solution? Stop worrying. If your time it up, you have no control of it. From my perspective, this is all politics, attempts to leverage the economy, and the politicians that acquire wealth and power are doing well. Meanwhile, life goes on, people still need to work, and stopping either only prolongs what will eventually happen.