There is empirical evidence that social distancing and lockdowns were needed and worked.
(1) This disease, unlike other recent epidemics, has a high percentage of human-to-human airborne transmission from patients with no symptoms. New York City is a perfect example of the disaster that results from that.
(2) Vietnam is an example of lockdown isolation and quaratine working well. There have been no deaths and a only a few hundred cases in a country of 97 million with a porous border with China. Vietnam’s severe lockdown and quarantine was probably more severe than could be accomplished in western countries, but nevertheless, the evidence is instructive.
Keep this in mind as we contemplate re-opening for business and life.
Bud is a retired life sciences executive. Bud's entrepreneurial leadership exceeded three decades. He was the senior business development, marketing and sales executive at four public corporations, each company a supplier of analytical and life sciences instrumentation, software, consumables and service. Prior to those positions, his 19 year career in Hewlett-Packard Company's Analytical Products Group included worldwide sales and marketing responsibility for Bioscience Products, Global Accounts and the International Olympic Committee, as well as international management assignments based in Japan and Latin America. Bud has visited and worked in more than 65 countries and lived and worked in 3 countries.
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