The measure against the new coronavirus remind me of the German-Soviet War.
At the early stage of the German-Soviet War, the Soviet forces allowed German forces' invasion due to lack of measures against German forces. German forces were about to occupy Moscow. However, the Soviet forces managed to recover later, they won finally.
If we fail at early stage, it doesn't mean that we fail totally. We have chances to recover. I believe that measures against the new coronavirus are so, too.