My problem about the quarantine is, it’s a shame so many people are ignoring it. I am not talking about ‘essential’ businesses and their personnel. I’m talking about the folks who, for instance, head out to Bass Pro Shops because “they have a good sale right now, but it’s in store only”. Or the people that “already planned this damn wedding and paid for it; dammit I am going to go ahead with the plans. Screw the quarantine”. And the “It doesn’t apply to me” crowd. Not to mention the apathetic group that simply doesn’t care.
Enforced, strict quarantines on an entire population of hundreds of millions for a disease that will send a small percentage of those infected to the ICU, and an even smaller percentage will perish (not to mention, those small percentages are not evenly distributed among the general population) is something that won’t be taken well en masse. Not to mention that food/grocery delivery is already strained to capacity, and that would make it a whole lot worse.
That does not necessarily reflect my personal opinion, but then, I don’t need to be forced to do the right thing. I’m trying to reason this from the entirety of the USA (which is impossible for one person to do).
I sincerely wish this wasn’t happening. I have empathy for everyone, and especially those at higher risk of severe complications from this. If it were up to me, I would quarantine CDC folks in the lab until they found the key to stopping this outright. But I just don’t see how you could successfully keep an entire population in their house for a month, and without any ramifications whatsoever. That’s just a bridge too far for me to make sense of I guess.