I've been working on this concept where a deadly new fungus starts spreading from two central locations. One in Europe and one outside of a major city in the United States. Over the course of 16 days, people have been getting sick, after being exposed to the spores, and I'm wondering where to proceed from here in terms of timeline.
This fungus and it's spores affect humans in a slowish manner, but it's completely novel to us so 99.99% of humans will be affected, with a minor population of people naturally immune. The people who are infected will start off with a cough, at the spores take root in their lungs, slowly growing releasing more spores into their lungs to be coughed out, eventually the fungus grows out of control, killing the host and growing out through the chest, the mouth, etc - like vines growing from the outside. At this point in the timeline, when people are sick, how fast do you think things like this should start happening?
Do hospitals start overflowing and twitter is ablaze with rumors? Does the government send in military to help with potential containment even though it's not truly feasible. How fast do things fall apart from here?