with the first case of community spread of COVID-19 in the U.S., amid growing spread worldwide, it seems inevitable that sooner or later there will be hundreds or thousands of cases all across the country.
people will understandably do everything possible to avoid contracting the virus. though with an estimated transmission rate of around 1:3 (compared to influenza ~1:2), it may just be a matter of time before all but the most hermetic souls are exposed.
this will involve major disruption to lifestyles and impact businesses.
schools may close, sporting events/concerts etc may be cancelled, perhaps indefinitely.
on the other hand, youth and good health seem, at least initially, to portend better outcomes, with most of the fatalities being old and/or people with medical conditions. there are reports of even asymptomatic infections.
IF this is confirmed and IF immunity from the virus results after recovery, (and those are two big IFs) and let's say, for the sake of argument, that the risk to a younger, healthy person was the same as influenza, might it be better for them to intentionally contract COVID-19 in a controlled fashion?
worst case, might get very sick or die
could be prepared / take time off of work / under physician care / using best antiviral treatment available
no worrying about contracting the virus
no worrying about transmitting the virus to others
safer for everyone
ability to safely interact with the never infected, the infected, or the once infected
could help others
could go to ISC west, if there was one
Do you think people will intentionally try to get novel corona virus? I do.