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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 2 months ago

Why not just have people who are at moderate to high risk, shelter in place?


I mean, really. If maybe you're young and live with a high risk person, then stay in. Why shut down everything?

2 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    What has been understated to some degree is that pathogen of this virus is still relatively unknown and even unpredictable. Initially, it was assumed that those who are older or already dealing with a preexisting condition are at the most risk. However, the trends have shown that anyone can not only contract the virus but also be affected adversely. There have been younger individuals (20-44 years of age) who have experienced symptoms that have been serious. So, age is no longer the sole factor. Shelter in place orders have been instituted to stop the spread. By doing so, the risk is minimized and eventually stopped. Asymptomatic individuals can also spread the virus to others who are of greater risk. So, the idea here isn't to only isolate those who are within a specific age group or health risk. It is best at this point to cut off the points of contagion, at least until a vaccine can be implemented. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Because everyone is at moderate to high risk.  The belief that any group of people are low risk is a myth.  People of any age and demographic can get sick enough to require hospital care, and enough of those people get sick at the same time, hospitals won't be able to provide that care to everyone, causing needless deaths.

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