The following day, Governor Andrew Cuomo locked down the state of New York and Gov. J.B. Pritzker locked down the state of Illinois.
Today, as of the time of publication, 70 million Americans are in mandatory isolation at home in the hopes of stopping – or at least slowing down – the Covid-19 virus that is beginning to spread exponentially across the country.
Borders between the US, Canada, and Mexico have also been closed by mutual consent between the three governments.
While this may be necessary to curb the virus so as not to overwhelm the medical system, many Americans are feeling distinctly uneasy about their movements being restricted. Especially worrisome is the idea of the National Guard being brought in to enforce the lockdowns, as has been discussed. Somewhere, there's a fine line between maintaining our constitutional rights and the need to stop a global pandemic.
What do the lockdowns entail?
In all three states, non-essential businesses will be closed and residents have been ordered to stay in their homes unless they must leave for "vital reasons." Many of our largest cities are encompassed in the lockdown: New York City, Chicago, Los Angelos, San Francisco, and San Diego.
All sorts of euphemisms are being used for the situation. Cuomo prefers to call this a "pause." California is referring to this as "safer at home." And Illinois is calling it "shelter in place."
But for all the nice-sounding words, it is what it is: a lockdown on a massive scale.