They point to the dilemma of policy makers for the next big outbreak. Should they:
- Restrict/redirect the freedom of an individual's movements in order to benefit the whole - limit rapid disease spread and possibly contain its spread
- Allow anarchy/a loss of social welfare - in this context, by travelling anywhere during and through regions of transmission - acting as a vector to inoculate susceptible populations as they go.
Trying to implement a system of reduced or rerouted mobility in a heat of a pandemic will probably meet with considerable resistance
Should policy makers see the benefits to containing a significant disease outbreak in this way, here's hoping for lots of education of the population...starting soon.