What should really terrify the American nation, is not fear of dying of an infection of Covid -19, but terror of the purposes of those who govern the US, and who are cowing the Nation into submission to their purpose of achieving total despotic power over a once-free Nation
People remaining in their homes will spend their savings to eat, and when this money runs out, they will either starve or resort to crime, to feed their own. Staying at home means consumption of savings, and when these run out - watch out, America!
China refers to itself as a "Democracy" in order to present an acceptable face both to her own people, and to the rest of humanity. In fact, it is actually a "Monarchy" - the best of all possible political systems. The installation of this monarchy must have required an enormous purge of refractory individuals
Naturally, the Chinese will win this war, but the status of Hong Kong as an outpost of the West and a centre for secure International Banking and Trade will be quite destroyed, at least for some time, much to the satisfaction of certain circles in the US.
The so-called Semmelweis reflex is a metaphor for a certain type of human behavior characterized by reflex-like rejection of new knowledge because it contradicts entrenched norms, beliefs, or paradigms.