Whenever new strains of virus seem to hit the main news, I pay attention. I read facts as much as I can and try to understand scientific terms and implications that my brain would permit. But sometimes it's easier to listen and consult from more knowledgeable individuals. I will always be fazed with biological discoveries, alarming or not, but I do not panic. People tend to react and over-sensationalize things that are not necessary. No one uses the rule of probability anymore. The effective media coverage that makes the global world smaller is all we'll ever need it seems.
Being realistic and vigilant is one thing, being paranoid and depressed is the another. If the disease won't kill you, probably paranoia will.