(Right Country) – As medical experts agree that it will be nearly impossible to contain the coronavirus within our borders, communities are beginning to face the chilling reality that it may soon be a little too close for comfort.
On Thursday, Sacramento, California police ordered all residents in a neighborhood where there has been a coronavirus death to remain indoors.
The local health department has issued a statement to explain the police presence in the area.
It is certainly no small matter to imagine being confined to one’s home by order of police, no matter how much of a threat the virus may pose.
Sacramento County Sheriff deputies and Rocklin Police, some wearing protective gloves, converged on a residential street Thursday as a sheriff’s helicopter circled overhead, ordering people to get inside.
It was later learned that the first California coronavirus patient to die from the illness lived on this block.
The Placer County Health Department issued a brief statement shortly after the police presence, stating: “Law enforcement partners are currently responding to enforce a health officer’s order. We cannot share any additional information to protect patient confidentiality.”
The orders were given under sections of California Health and Safety Code that allows Placer Health to “enforce regulations requiring strict isolation, or quarantine if the action is necessary for the protection of the public health.”
The reality is, according to medical experts, that a response like this could be a bit of an overreach.
Recently, emergency room physician and Harvard Medical School instruction is warning the American public that there is no need to panic in the face of the outbreak.
Dr. Jeremy Faust says that we all need to calm down, as the novel virus is far less deadly than feared by many and is unlikely to har non-geriatric individuals with no additional health complications.
Dr. Faust says that the death for the coronavirus is smaller than 1%, which is significantly lower than the 3.4% rate we’re being told by the World Health Organization.
In a column for Slate, titled “COVID-19 Isn’t As Deadly As We Think,” Dr. Faust writes:
Allow me to be the bearer of good news. The true case fatality rate of this virus is likely to be far lower than current reports suggest.
Even some lower estimates, such as the 1 percent death rate recently mentioned by the directors of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, likely substantially overstate the case.
This all suggests that COVID-19 is a relatively benign disease for most young people, and a potentially devastating one for the old and chronically ill, albeit not nearly as risky as reported.”