Our Corona response all comes down to this graph:
Source: New York Times
All the cancellations, social distancing, self-isolation, hand-washing is about slowing the inevitable spread of the disease so the health care system is not overwhelmed.
Years ago I worked on a factory assembly line and the ideal was for the line to go a little bit faster than you were comfortable with so you could achieve maximum performance. If the line went too fast, hit the breaking point, then everything fell apart. The line spiraled out of control. People just stopped and gave up as parts fell off the line and what product did get assembled was done so badly, it had to be rejected. We can’t let that happen to our health care system.
Without protective measures, people will die who otherwise wouldn’t have.