From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
The height of the season for beginning a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine) is late February through March. As best I can tell, the season is off to a normal start. I'm following a number of folks who post online blogs or journals. Most of them are young enough, or fit enough, to fall outside the "susceptible category." But they might find re-supply at small mountain and valley towns difficult, if hording/shortages begin. But, to this point, I haven't seen any mentions of concerns about the virus. That'll change.
In my community, life continues pretty much as normal, although we've had quite a few postives or suspected-postives. Today I went for a long run on a mountain. There was cast and crew filming an episode of "Stranger Things" at Berry College. All stores are well stocked and having sales on toilet paper, etc. I worked and had lunch (a homemade peanut butter sandwich) in the food court at the local mall (I always buy and unsweet tea and read while I eat my sandwich). I went to church tonight and we had a great meeting.
But we're aware of what's going on. We know that professional and college leagues are planning to play without fans in attendance; the local schools are closed for the next two days (the students were off anyway); many local colleges are beginning to go to online class only for the balance of the semester; my wife works at a center that hosts marriage and corporate retreats - I assume that business will suspend operations soon.
My 90-year-old mom is in a local assisted living facility. She's certainly vulnerable.
Overall, I feel optimistic about things. Given two or three weeks of perspective and additional info, I believe things will settle down and return (mostly) to normal. But I'll keep watching and adjust expectations accordingly.