As a physician, I have been closely monitoring the CDC, WHO and other databases to understand how this virus is behaving, and steps to contain its spread. It is too early to know just how serious this virus is. Current mortality is estimated to be roughly 2%, but that figure will likely change as detection and reporting improve. In comparison, mortality to “the flu” is roughly 0.1%, and the SARS virus was about 10%. The genome of the virus is completely sequenced but it will take well more than a year (probably longer) before an effective vaccine is ready.