In case you’re worried that “social distancing” sounds ridiculous, check out this simulation that illustrates the goal of these restrictions. This shows verystarkly why our political leaders are instituting seemingly drastic measures. They are following sound scientific advice.
If you want to go down the rabbit hole and see everything about this disease including symptoms, spread rate, comparison to the flu, and so much more, here is the article for you.
If you want to go one step further and speculate on the future outcomes of how this will play out over time, McKinsey’s model is the best frequently updated resource. McKinsey models different outcomes based on the rate of spread and public-health/interventions that counties do. Some scenarios are bleak with economic recovery not coming until Q2 2021, other scenarios are more optimistic with recovery yet this year.