1. Institute lockdown, no work orders, cancel social gatherings, and “overreact” to a potentially deadly virus with a high mortality rate
2. Do very little to combat it because “it’s just the flu” and “the flu kills more than coronavirus has”
These two options will result in two wildly different results.
In once scenario, we find out that all the lockdowns and lack of social gatherings were excessive, because the virus didn’t have the impact we believe it would. The death count is much lower than we expected, and we attribute that to all the “overreactions” taken during the outbreak.
In the other, we do nothing, and millions of people around the world die.