The disease affects more than sailors. And it affects more than the USA.
Amount spent cope with the disease in the USA: $2,000,000,000 (Two trillion dollars–a wild guess)
Estimated number of U.S. deaths if no precautions had been taken : 5,900,000 ( a very reliable estimate).
Cost per victim to avoid those deaths: $338.98.
The Rorschach Test: is it worth it?
The U.S. population 65 or older is about 54 million. About 20% of those work, according to AARP. So, about 10 million. If you take 10 million people out of the work force they will need still need shelter and food. That means taxpayer provided benefits.
Otherwise you will need to convince 10 million frequent voters to spend their life savings to sequester themselves. The trouble is, most don’t have life savings, which is why they are working. You could try to convince those people to starve themselves to death and lose their mortgages, for the good of everyone else. But that 's a tough sell. Right up there with butt-flavored beer–you’re never going to sell it. Which brings you back to taxpayer provided benefits.
Take $2 trillion dollars and divide it between 10 million people. That comes to $200 per old person–oops, I meant frequent voter. How do you feed/house those 10 million people who have stopped working, in order to sequester themselves, on $200? Not $200 a day, or month. Just $200. For a whole year. Change the numbers by a magnitude of 10 and you still come up with only $2000.
So you spend $338.98 a head to save maybe 5.3 million frequent voters. Or you let maybe 5 million frequent voters starve to death. Which do you think American society is going to vote to do?
Trick question: they already voted.