dampfnudel wrote:I can’t blame the Europeans. Had the US banned travel to/from Europe and strictly quarantined Americans returning from there in January, thousands of lives in the US may have been saved. Personally, I think the Europeans should maintain their EU bubble until next year and not allow anyone in from outside the EU, especially those countries with dubious data and known to be less than transparent/reliable. That’s what Australia is doing. A second wave in the EU will most likely have an origin in Asia like the first one or maybe even somewhere closer. Opening up prematurely will certainly make a second wave in Europe a strong possibility. We see what’s happening when states in the US open prematurely and now the EU is reopening to countries they believe are safe probably thinking falsely that they can close the border in time if they notice any alarming changes.
I don't entirely agree.
Yes, keep borders closed for people originating in countries with (possibly) a lot of virus.
But not maintaining a true European bubble.
After all, we're not aiming for a zero-virus startegy. Whether new infections originate from travellers or local infections, that doesn't really matter. As long as we manage to keep the reproduction rate around 1, all is fine. I think travellers from relatively safe countries are welcome, as long as they follow the measures we still have.
If there's a second wave, it won't be travellers that are to blame (if travel is somewhat restricted), but local people neglecting the measures.