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The real purpose of precautions is to change the shape of the epidemic curve from a steep up and down to a slower, gradual up and down. That helps with demands on medical care, but does not reduce exposure, or the numbers of people exposed. Viral epidemics can not be stopped, just slowed. Flattening the curve is the purpose of public health.
Incorrect. When a viral outbreak can be contained within a single population it can be stopped. Unstoppable outbreaks only happens when there is community transmission, which could have been avoided if the Chinese government had acted quickly and followed established public health protocols.
When the CDC says the virus can live on certain surfaces for up to a couple days, it's at temperatures approximating humans, i.e. mid 90's. And don't forget the MERs virus, which ripped through the Arab nations a few years ago, also a corona type virus, also warm climate. Singapore has few cases because they've gotten on top of spread-prevention with social isolation rules, as have a few other nations. Remus' adage to Stay Away From Crowds is sage.
The fatality numbers are low now, but it could be unstoppable later as a critical mass is reached (Italy). There is no significant herd immunity to slow things down (unlike flu). Some viruses fizzle in warm weather but not all. Considering that this is also spreading in the southern US, I'm not sure that will help much.