Originally Posted by tenex
Actually I think the problem is a complete lack of ranking, no sense of priorities whatever. Any possibility however remote is a source of panic. For example, the total paranoia about surface transmission, which wasn't even mentioned as a significant factor in the spread of C19 in the WHO report from Wuhan. I was going to say it "focused" on aerosol droplets in proximity to infected individuals, but that is the only transmission mode it identified at all. I don't pile my mail for three days, though I wash up after opening it.
It's all about being in control.
Many Americans want to do SOMETHING. They don't like being unable to control their lives. Because our ability to limit contact with other people is minimal, especially when we are being forced to work, ride the bus/subway, etc., the only thing the control freaks can focus on is disinfectants and the focus on surfaces. But to paraphrase the experts, the virus sets its own timeline.
The other group of Americans want to prove you can't control them. That's why you have idiots out partying at spring break, rich bastards leaving NYC to g to their second homes in the Hamptons, or even worse, moron coughing on and licking products in grocery stores.
As to the times that the virus lingers on surfaces, read some of the more detailed articles. One lab put a droplet with viruses on different surfaces, and measured the half life
of the virus. They then estimated how long their initial concentration would be reduced to a minimal (non-communicable? non-detectable?) concentration. But since it's half life based, the time to functional extinction is a function of the initial concentration, not an absolute.