The diffusion of Covid-19 has called governments and public health authorities to interventions aiming at limiting new infections and containing the expected number of critical cases and deaths . Most of these measures rely on the compliance of people, who are asked to reduce their social contacts to a minimum . In this note we argue that individuals' adherence to prescriptions and reduction of social activity may not be efficacious if not implemented robustly on all social groups, especially on those characterized by intense mixing patterns . Actually, it is possible that, if those who have many contacts have reduced them proportionally less than those who have few, then the effect of a policy could have backfired: the disease has taken more time to die out, up to the point that it has become endemic . In a nutshell, unless one gets everyone to act, and specifically those who have more contacts, a policy may even be counterproductive.