A report in Health Affairs has disturbing implications for public response to anti-pandemic quarantines—especially in the US: Attitudes Toward The Use Of Quarantine In A Public Health Emergency In Four Countries. The other three countries were Asian and relatively small: Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. You can read the entire article, but here's an excerpt from the conclusions:
Preparation for quarantine. The survey found widespread support for the use of quarantine in all four countries. However, the U.S. public has had very little experience with it. Findings from other sources suggest that regions with quarantine experience still had problems with compliance, as evidenced by increasing fines and arrest penalties.
It seems reasonable to conclude, therefore, that the United States would have an even higher rate of noncompliance. To increase compliance, public health authorities need to plan in advance. They should prepare trusted spokespeople to explain to the public the steps that need to be taken to halt the spread of the disease and stress the need for compliance.
I can imagine the epithets that we'll have for quarantine flouters. "Birdbrains" will be the mildest of them.