When the news of the infection spread, the majority failed to take the threat seriously. This was largely because of previous “infectious pandemic threats” reported by world government organizations such as The United States’ Center for Disease Control (CDC.)
Consequently, most of the population was gravely unprepared for the coming storm. Enough of the population did take the threat seriously and took swift action by leaving the big cities. Unfortunately, this early exodus started traffic jams on the freeways and roads. As expected, when genuine panic set in, public roadways were useless. The interstate freeways became massive parking lots of abandoned cars and hellish violence.