Thursday, April 9, 2020

More Evidence Trump's Decision to Stop Travel From China Was a Good Idea

4/8/20 New York Times:
New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New York area by mid-February, weeks before the first confirmed case, and that travelers brought in the virus mainly from Europe, not Asia.

“The majority is clearly European,” said Harm van Bakel, a geneticist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who co-wrote a study awaiting peer review....

On Jan. 31, President Trump barred foreign nationals from entering the country if they had been in China during the prior two weeks.

It would not be until late February that Italy would begin locking down towns and cities, and March 11 when Mr. Trump said he would block travelers from most European countries. But New Yorkers had already been traveling home with the virus.
So, if Trump erred, it was failing to block travel from Europe on Jan. 31.  But the Europeans could have followed Trump's lead and saved a lot of lives.  Of course, having the Democrats call him a racist cannot have helped.

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