hear you loud and clear, but a couple of points which I suspect you are already aware of.
We've been asked to be physically distant and socially responsible for maybe a month now, 6 weeks if we want to be extra generous. Nobody has talked about long term strategies, the months upon months and the years that you are referring to. Your report on the challenges in NY, speak to the need to focus on the here and now, because if we don't their/our future is bleak.
Regarding physical distancing and more careful risk management, this is something we can do right now to help and make a difference for the near and far term future. This is so we can buy time for the medical system to treat the patients who will be very sick, so hopefully nobody needs to die unnecessarily. So we can buy time to control the flow of the really sick so the researchers can develop a safe vaccine for all to use.
Generally speaking 'we' are still allowed to be out and about to enjoy ourselves so long as we keep to ourselves, and are responsible about it. Not too much to ask IMO for a few months, when the whole world has banded together to try and accomplish a common goal.
We as a species will live through this and be largely ok (social, economic considerations aside). But more importantly there is a humanitarian discussion about life preservation for those who do not, and should not, have to die.