Given the lack of critical assessment in the US media of China's massive quarantine, I think that there are many people in the US who would view it acceptable to shut down a major American city to prevent the spreading of an outbreak. However, I worry that no one is considering the consequences of such action.
With major parts of the economy no longer functioning, people would have difficulty with things like finding child care. This has trickle down effects, such as pharmacy staff staying at home with their children. This may lead to lethal consequences.
Examples of trickle down effects:
Cancer survivors can't access health care (this is currently happening in China).
Lack of access to medicine. This can be deadly to people with severe chronic conditions (e.g. heart disease).
Lack of social support (e.g. no one is checking in on Grandma).
Do policy makers (in either China or the US) consider the unintended consequences of large quarantines? If so whose advising them and studying those effects? Is the decision to quarantine based off of a process or is it based off of an executive leader's 'intuition'.
My 'intuition' is that these unintentional effects may be killing more people than covid 19.
Positive Reaction to China's response:
Yes, I've heard mild criticism of China's handling of this, but it generally doesn't focus on negative effects on quarantine. They generally focus on China's lack of transparency and lack of action.