TRUMP COULD HAVE ACTUALLY STOPPED ALL TRAVEL FROM CHINA. INSTEAD…
Trump partially shut down travel from China on Feb 2nd, but 40,000 travelers still arrived after the travel ban. Partial doesn’t count for much in a pandemic.
Trump can’t blame China for his own coronavirus failures – The Washington Post
“It’s true that China initially tried to cover up the coronavirus outbreak. It didn’t lock down Wuhan until Jan. 23. One study found that if China had acted even two weeks earlier, it could have averted 86 percent of its coronavirus cases. But another study shows that if Trump had announced social distancing guidelines two weeks earlier — on March 2, rather than March 16 — he could have prevented 90 percent of U.S. coronavirus deaths.” – Max Boot (Washington Post)
AND EQUIPPED WITH THE MOST BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF PANDEMIC EPIDEMIOLOGY AND VIROLOGY, TRUMP COULD HAVE STOPPED ALL TRAVEL FROM EUROPE.
Because that’s kind of how pandemics and international air travel work. It comes at you from different directions—not just the country of origin (China in this case).
The outbreaks in New York and the East Coast have been traced to Europe, and the virus was circulating in New York City as early as MID FEBRUARY. Who could have guessed?
Most New York Coronavirus Cases Came From Europe, Genomes Show – New York Times
Coronavirus came to New York from Europe, not China – governor – Reuters
“We closed the front door with the China travel ban, which was right,” Cuomo told a briefing. “But we left the back door open because the virus had left China by the time we did the China travel ban.”