While the information from the CDC and other such organizations has been informative, people generally have difficulty judging risk without concrete examples. The video by the Atlantic showing Italians (who are roughly 10-days ahead of the U.S. in the spread of the virus) giving advice to themselves 10-days ago gives concrete meaning to all the terms the CDC is using, like "social distancing" and "self-quarantine." They share their very natural response of not taking the warning seriously at first and the resulting impact to their country, their friends, family and neighbors. Their warning connects human-to-human rather, reminding you why it matters to take the steps that may seem unnecessary at the moment.
My friend also forwarded me a message from her Italian friend, asking us to take it all seriously. She shared how they initially underestimated the spread, taking the school closures as a holiday and had play dates and took ski trips. And then she described what life currently looks like--only going outside very briefly for necessities, limits on the number of people in grocery stores, etc. She balances the small inconveniences of social distancing with the impact of not being willing to change our lifestyle.