From the beginning, there has been an onslaught of inconsistent, vague and unclear messaging during this situation:
To help manage the shortage, the authorities sent a message that made them untrustworthy.
The CDC deserves to be faulted as well for its lack of clarity, telling “older” people (but not defining what older means) and those with “underlying health conditions” to avoid contact with other people (but not defining what those health conditions are in a way that makes sense to most people).
Lacking clarity, I contacted my local pubic health district and they too said they did not know as the CDC had not given them specific guidelines. They said to try calling my doctor – who of course is also lacking specific guidelines.
The messaging around corona virus has – up to mid March – been a disaster of ineffectiveness. Some times, perhaps those doing the messaging would do best by simply telling the truth.