Comment by Jim Babcock (jim-babcock) on What if we all just stayed at home and didn’t get covid for two weeks? · 2021-01-23T18:39:56.668Z · LW · GW

As others have pointed out, there are some practical issues (people quarantining in groups that are hard to subdivide, and the rare but not nonexistent longer-than-14-day incubation being the obvious ones). But the generator of this is valid: strong virus-control measures concentrated into a short time work better than weaker measures over a longer period. Ie if you can do A, B, and C, each of which reduces R by 0.4, doing them all at once is much better than doing them one after another.