If you read my thread, that is basically what I said. But without some preparation, it would basically be useless. What would happen is what happens after every lockdown. Eventually, the virus comes back.If I were Emperor...
The current and coming "spike" indicates that there are undoubtedly millions of Americans who have the cooties right now (i.e., they would test Positive), but are currently asymptomatic, and not aware that they are infected. If nothing changes, they will continue infecting and re-infecting everyone they come into contact with for the next couple weeks.
The solution is a three week LOCKDOWN. Shut down restaurants, bars, gyms, schools, churches...EVERYTHING but groceries and pharmacies and medical facilities. EVERYBODY must stay at home unless they absolutely have to go out.
What this lockdown will accomplish is that people who will get sick will do so without infecting anyone else (outside their household). Once we KNOW that they are sick, they can be quarantined and treated without infecting anyone else until they are no longer contagious. People who will remain asymptomatic will pass to the non-infectious stage without infecting anyone else.
At the end of the three weeks, we can go back to doing what we are doing now, from ground zero, with very few infectious people wandering around in our society.
The finite period and definite end date for the lockdown is imperative. If there is no fixed end date, people will simply rebel.
The President doesn't have the power to do this. It will have to be reinforced by the Governors and the People will have to sign on in good faith.
The downside now is the election, which fucks everything up. But otherwise, this is the way to go.