I just encountered somebody today that told me the same thing - “not even worse than the flu”
I showed him my handy explainer
See this - started on March 10th when there were 761 “confirmed” cases. Experience in rest of world says virus spreads at 1.15 to 1.25 per day. We’ll use 1.25. By March 16th chart shows we should be at 2900 cases. Where are we? 3800 cases. No Immunity. No Vacine. Its not like the flu.