The prognosis is grim. Millions of dead, overrun hospitals, and insufficient ICU beds for the seriously ill. These are the outcomes absent mitigation strategies to slow the
spread of the virus until the development of an antiviral drug for treatment or a vaccine. Unfortunately, both the solutions may take a year to 18 months. Barring their expedient
development, the most probable outcome is that mitigation strategies will remain in force for upwards of six months. The business world shudders at the thought of
closures for a month, let alone six months to a year. The conflict for the West is the balancing of individual liberty versus the common good when implementing mitigation strategies. The calamity is that this struggle will prolong the duration, magnify the
economic impact, and place more people at risk. The hope is for the common good to
prevail over the tragedy of the commons and bear this sacrifice at the altar of freedom.