They did the same after SARS. It didn't last, although they'll have quite a bit more global pressure this time.
They can still trade wildlife for "medicine".
I love animals, dogs, but I do totally get the "it's their culture" argument. A few points though
- I'm surprised they're OK, even at the height of international pressure, with continuing trading wildlife when there are western alternatives (if there aren't then I think it's right to say that the Chinese treatments don't work??)
- Has anyone seen the footage of skinning cats alive in restaurant kitchens? That's just one example of what for once I don't see as an overstating use of the word 'horror'. Eating live monkey brains is another. With a lot (all?) of these cultural practices it's for the benefit of the rich. In which case I think it is fair to criticise it. You're not depriving the poor of food on their plates by trying to stop it.
"Chief Scientific Adviser just said this in the coronavirus Q&A: The infection peak is now 10 to 14 weeks away, or a bit longer. 95% of people who will contract corona will get it 9 to 10 weeks either side of peak, and 50% will get it 3 or 4 weeks either side."
Isolating gives governments the chance to get medical supplies including breathing equipment - and get more staff the right training ... and slows spead .. it will slow ... isolation will be extended a bit I should imagine .. but infections will rise when kids go back to school (the kids themselves almost certain to recover but it's who they mix with and then who those people mix with) ...
It's just a case of delay and long as possible, manage as best as possible, get hospitals to maximum possible capacity and hope for the best. Gradually many people will have had it and be immune and eventually there'll be a vaccine.