It's happening people.
Restricting movement of people is the only way to slow this down.
I watched the White House's press conference yesterday and Trump is quite frankly doing a great job. Europe and Japan left their borders wide open for China and are now lined up for disaster.
The US will close borders very soon, they have said they are considering it.
Clusters appearing in France and Germany.
Keeping borders open is insanity, a suicide mission.
I have no idea how you can claim Trump is doing a great job - and this is coming from a guy who voted for him. He offered almost zero specifics last night, not to mention some of his comments praising how we will soon have “almost zero” patients in the US, as it clearly spreads behind the scenes. The fact this latest patient in CA, the first instance of community spread, wasn’t tested for days on end despite being on a ventilator machine at the hospital, shows the pure incompetence and I would even argue cover-up going on behind the scenes to prevent mass market panic.
We closed off flights from China. Fantastic! Then why on earth are we still allowing flights from Korea and Italy, and Japan as well.
That’s all he cares about - the market - because it’s the key to his re-election. Nothing he is doing is helping that... sealing off the borders would probably only tank them more.
Leaders in Europe and Asia haven't made the tough decision of closing borders and now there are unstoppable amounts of clusters.
Italy did force the flights to/from China shut but other EU countries did not, so anyone from China could still reach Italy with a connection in another EU country and this is what happened supposedly.
Trump made the tough call of rejecting anyone coming from China, which was a bold move. Without this move, the US may have had thousands of infections by now, considering the huge interface it had with China before the travel restrictions.
You can't avoid that infections will pop up right and left, as I said previously in this thread, thousands of people travelled to the US from China to visit friends and relatives during the Chinese new year, before the travel restrictions took effect and it was unbelievable, even suspicious, that no infections had been reported so far.
A few clusters here and there are very manageable and buy the US crucial time.
Trump has to be an actor sometimes, and that's what he did when he said from India that he's not worried. The reason he can do that is because he's working hard behind the scenes, he just wanted to reassure people.
I don't have a problem with a government working hard behind the scenes while putting up a brave face in front of the camera's. The US is mobilising people, preparing protocols and money.
I do have a problem with governments in the EU and Japan asking not to panic while doing no kind of preparation or taking no measures to slow down the spread (albeit Japan is now snapping out of it and starting to take bold measures, thank god).
Also, the US government will obviously take care of medical bills associated with the virus as it's a health emergency, this has nothing to do with the broader health care debate in the US.
Trump's only mistake is worrying too much about a stock market crash affecting his re-election. This crisis is an external factor that would crash the stock market under any president.
If he wants to be re-elected, he will have to show that he will take care of the safety and health of American people, things that are much more important in such a crisis, as people claw back down to the lower levels of the pyramid of Maslow.