Some additional thoughts, a few hours later:
-How much productive work was actually accomplished by workers whose employers made them come in for a few hours today? How much of that work could have been accomplished had they worked from home instead? Would they, in fact, have accomplished more in a full day at home?
-How much productive learning was accomplished by students who were in school today? Less than they might have accomplished on a full make-up day later in the year, perhaps? Has anyone considered the psychological impact, especially on those students who (as of this writing) remain stuck in their schools due to bus issues, parents-cannot-reach-them issues, or the-school-refuses-to-allow-them-to-drive-home issues?
-How much additional fuel was wasted and how much additional pollution was generated in today’s colossal traffic mess?
-Has anyone died in this mess? (As of this writing, I have not yet seen fatalities reported.)
-Was all of the above worth the risk of going forward with business as usual, assuming the downside risk was a clear day wasted?