Here's what a massive coronavirus lockdown would look like in the U.S.
China and Italy have enacted sweeping restrictions to stem the new coronavirus. This is how those efforts would map onto the States.
Two massive lockdowns are already under way—the entire country of Italy and China’s Hubei province, both home to some 60 million people. Governments there have set drastic limits on domestic travel and social gatherings and have shuttered businesses and schools in a desperate effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The geographic size of these two areas may appear small compared to the U.S., but when studied by population, a different picture emerges.
Some form of restricted zone encompassing 60 million people in the United States would cover all the citizens in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona combined—or an entire swath of the country directly to the east of those western states. (Coronavirus is officially