Buddy, because here in the US, the right to assemble is constitutionally guaranteed. There is a legitimate question whether or not it would be within the rights of any government authority to ban such things.
Besides, do you really think we would stand for it? Seriously? There would be riots.
I've been thinking about this since I talked to my daughter the RN yesterday--we should not be relaxing because there are only 100 or so confirmed cases in the US. The important word there is confirmed. With the relatively few test kits available--and the high cost ($3K-4K per test)--and the question of 'who pays for testing' involved, the question really is: of the patients who are presenting with flu like symptoms, what percentage of them are popping positive?
The measures that are being taken elsewhere--where there are security guards at every door to apartment buildings, stores, etc taking everybody's temperature whether they are symptomatic or not--and not allowing anyone on the street without a permit--and immediate action to have anyone exhibiting any symptoms medically evaluated--simply won't happen here. Yes, the President of the US COULD order such things--he has the statutory authority to do it. But it won't happen--and we wouldn't tolerate it.
And yes, I understand this post winds into the political. It can't be helped.
Hi halbert, hope you are well.
The cost of testing, and the cost of being quarantined, is going to dissuade people from being tested. To me, that isn't what we want. We want to see the true lay of the land, and the only way we are going to see that is by testing.
Frank Wucinski's story comes to mind:
- Frank Wucinski and his 3-year-old daughter Annabel evacuated Wuhan, China, in February and were then quarantined at Marine Corps Station Miramar, near San Diego, for two weeks.
- They tested negative for the virus, and when they arrived at Wucinski's mother's house after their quarantine, they were met with $3,900 in bills from hospital doctors, radiologists, and an ambulance company.
- The hospital said they billed Wucinski in error, but he still owes $2,598 for the ambulance, and $90 for radiology costs.
- He also has to cover the $2,200 costs of his flight back to the US.
Details here -> https://www.businessinsider.com/frank-wucinski-says-hospital-billed-him-for-coronavirus-quarantine-2020-3
I agree that the successful measures to contain the spread of the virus won't be done here. In my view, they won't be done because of several factors 1.) we do not have the capacity to mobilize like China does (they built a new hospital in Wuhan in 10 days, we can't do that) 2.) we don't have the technology China does to monitor people 3.) our own stupidity. That said, I can't see rioting if the president did impose standard public health measures, such as quarantine, banning mass meetings, etc. on the public. Businesses are already canceling conferences (https://www.barrons.com/articles/coronavirus-is-forcing-companies-to-cancel-conferences-51583147701
). I believe this will accelerate over the next few weeks as we see an explosion of cases.
I have a friend, a Russian journalist, who is now under quarantine - due to international travel. He told me the law in Russia is 1 year in prison if you violate quarantine, 5 years if you violate, someone catches the virus and dies. Some of our states have similar laws, except for the 5 year sentence.
Here are the state by state quarantine and isolation laws: https://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-quarantine-and-isolation-statutes.aspx