We saw with the H1N1 pandemic a couple years back that there will not be any substantive action to stop or even slow the spread of a deadly communicable disease. There are too many powerful economic interests at stake. Closing airports and schools for example would significantly slow the progression and reduce the number of deaths in such a situation but it comes at a price that TPTB aren’t will to pay. Bear in mind that with the US population rising by about 1% a year, that’s an increase of 8 – 9,000 people every single day. The Titans of Wall Street & DC aren’t going to flinch at losing a few days worth of population increase if the alternative is a major economic hit to their interests.