I'm usually just a lurker here, but wanted to log in to share my thoughts. My mom is a nurse in South Florida, used to work at NYU before they relocated to the south. It's not dire in Florida at her hospital (yet) but the stories from NY are very real. That's what they're trying to avoid happening all over the country. It's not about how deadly it is, because they don't know enough about the virus yet to determine how it affects everyone. But they do know that is spreads 2-3x faster than the flu that everyone compares it to, and left unchecked, could spread like wildfire throughout the country and subsequently overwhelm the hospital system. That's the point of all of this. It's not that it's necessarily incredibly deadly, but if too many people have it at one time there won't be enough medical professionals to treat them and everyone else that either has COVID-19 or any of the other thousand ailments we know of.
I hate this as much as everyone else and I live and breathe Ohio State football year round, but I'm worried if we open everything up too quickly we won't even have a chance at football this year. Their slow and steady approach to reopening seems to be the right move to strike the balance between protecting public health and restarting parts of the economy, and should allow them to continue to gather data on how this spreads and make decisions as they go.
Stay safe and healthy everyone!