[ 21/May/21 ]
If everyone actually stayed home, no cheating, for just 4 weeks, then the virus would be eliminated from the planet.
We achieved that in New Zealand, twice.
It got away in New Zealand as a result of two events at similar times, one a large wedding with international guests, the other an international stock breeding conference. Both had infectious people at them, and hundreds of cases appeared all around the country. The entire country was asked to stay home for 4 weeks, and the vast majority complied, and the virus was eliminated from the country.
It kept coming in at the border, but a two week quarantine period caught most cases, but some of the visitors were so ignorant that they were breaking out of the quarantine facilities, and the virus got away again in one city as a result. A short lockdown in that area removed it again.
We have done it here, twice.
It is entirely achievable.
Apart from the lack of tourists life has been fairly normal here for the last year.
What it takes is people actually avoiding contact with anyone other than their small group – for a 4 week period; combined with reporting of any symptoms and a good testing and contact tracing regime.
We put in place systems to ensure that everyone had food and accommodation. No one left out.
If it can work here it can work anywhere.
It just takes people actually doing it.
It is the ignorant self righteous cheats that cause the problem for everyone.