If the pandemic known as “the great deadly virus” were to set in, New York City’s jails would come under siege as thousands of inmates, mostly nonviolent drug addicts, reported to prison and less favorable environment. And fewer would be there to quell the turmoil as the population would have virtually no prisons to go to — not even those with medical beds or maybe even prisons at all. Even now, tens of thousands of bodies are buried in New York’s private cemeteries.
The consequences of such a situation — but without the whole mass incarcerations that belong to those covered by Roe v. Wade — would be horrific. Murders, rape, gang violence, rioting and assorted calamities likely to follow. Even then, the threats of mass hysteria and hysteria-inducing measures are without borders. Consider that in 1918, New York City did not yet have panic buttons. Amid them, “police asked frightened citizens to treat themselves ‘like an experiment on an animal and remember, don’t move, even when stricken,’” Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported. “People were told they would be sent to internment camps in Alabama if they stepped out of line.”