its serious as is any flu to the weak young and the elderly...heck normal flu is still serious, and killed more. in the articles i read, theres already a vaccination and normal flu drugs work against it too.
Yeah! Let's hope so. My friend from the greener pastures(California) - Mankind has survived two such flus (that might have really existed but exaggerated by the media in proportions beyond believability till they fucked our happiness and money): 1- SAARS virus 2- Birdflu...
Now, they seem to be fully under control and no one has that IT SEEMS. SAARS was believable to a certain extent from all the stories that circled in all the media publications all those days, but the second took dramatic twists and turns in its evolution and spread, all for the good of serious media business.
Even if yours could turn out to be true, US is advanced enough to help her citizens from such outbreaks.