Is a shelter-in-place order next? It’s up to Texans to limit the spread of coronavirus

But Michael Buchmeier, a University of California, Irvine professor of medicine and biological sciences and associate director of its Center for Virus Research, said a hesitancy to shelter-in-place now over concerns of future economic losses could make things worse in the long run. “If they don’t shelter-in-place and the epidemic gets worse — which it will — then they will have lost much more business than they would if they sheltered-in-place,” Buchmeier said.