What is the end goal of the lockdown and what do people really expect?

emmily2396
I keep seing people claiming that we should all stay isolated for 2 weeks like all is going to be sunny and full of butterflies afterwards. The virus can spread again even if we managed to reduce the number of new infections to 0 for a while. We may not get a vaccine sooner than 2021 because they need at least 1 year to test it. And 2 weeks won't fix anything because it may take 2 weeks just to see who's infected...

In case you didn't see in some parts of the world people are already without income and desperate because they can't afford food anymore. ..

Shouldn't we have instead isolated the eldery and just keep going with life? The goverment can't pay salaries for months and out of 20 million people in my country 1 million are already at risk of losing their job. Consider that many have families, so the number of affected people is much greater. Basically, more people's lives are already more negatively affected by the economic fall than the virus could ever do here.
What is the end goal of the lockdown and what do people really expect?
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