While I tend to be one of what rcmcmurphy would call the "hate government" crowd, it is hard to accuse orgs and states from overreacting right now given that the lack of testing is really harming our ability to make informed decisions about more tailored responses. Just to add a little data into the conversation -- does anyone remember the results of the swine flu from 2009?
Infected in the US - 60 million +
Hospitalized in the US - 275,000
Deaths in the US - 12,500
That occurred over a roughly 10 month period. Back in 2013 during Obama's first term when, by definition, government was stunningly competent, agile, strategic thinking and well, just wonderful in every way.
Using the Fauci estimate that this virus could be 10x more lethal than an influenza type outbreak, and you end up with numbers that no one is being prepared for right now.
My frustration, though, is with all the happy talk we hear from the hospitals and local city/state officials about how "prepared we are" for these outbreaks. "We practice these drills every 6 months with state officials monitoring our drills so we are really well prepared if for something like this." "And here we have a special isolation ward with 30 beds if we get hit with a serious outbreak." And yada yada. And you watch what happens in New Rochelle and you see one person walk into an ER and force 40 doctors and nurses to self quarantine for 2 weeks? No protocol existed in those semi-annual, state monitored tests that the first thing you do is establish a screening tent away from the ER?
But at least we can be assured that once we get through this, government will create 32 house and senate investigations to ensure … drum roll please - politicians favorite words to follow ….. "that this will never happen again." But then I guess I'm just a government hater.