If you were a confirmed case, you were not sent back home.
You were going straight to an isolation center (gym/school/ etc)
This is bc in China, est suggest that 75-80% of transmission was in family clusters.
The next key point was around contact tracing.
This depended on both testing and tracking contacts and their exposures.
South Korea did this exceptionally well & they did it fast.
By March, they had run the equivalent (corrected for US population) of 2.3 million #covid19 tests.
The US at that same point in time had run fewer than 9,000.
If you even had possible exposure, you were quarantined.
A GPS tracker told police if you violated this.
If you did, you had an $8000 fine coming your way.
Here, we are only now starting to check temperatures and that too largely only in hospital settings.
In China, your temperature was checked in buses, subways, restaurants-- basically multiple times per day, every day, everywhere.
If you had a fever, you were sent to a fever clinic (separate from normal hospitals).
You had your temperature checked again, & were put in a CT scanner.
If your scan was negative, you were sent home.
If positive, you were tested for #Covid19 & waited for results.
Everyone wore masks. Part of this was to prevent transmission.
But part of it was also to reduce stigma against the sick.
If only the sick wear masks, they may be hesitant.
But if everyone does, then no one is missed.
It was truly a “all hands on deck” effort.
The government literally started a “Fight On, Wuhan! Fight On, China!” campaign.
40,000 workers were sent to Wuhan to help after it was put in lockdown.
Take Wuhan for example. The entire city was shutdown when there were only 500 cases and 17 deaths.
Here, things have moved much slower, and interstate travel continues despite many more cases.
We are where we are & who we are.
But this doesn't mean we can't do more, or move faster, both in the government and in the hospital.
And while we preserve our individual rights, we need to use them the right way.