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Sunday, April 5, 2020
The China Syndrome (Reconsidered)
Friends, we can be thankful that President Trump cut off travel to and from China as soon as he did (even though Democrats chided him for it). Nonetheless, it's clear that his move came too late, and included too many loopholes, for the U.S. to be spared the pandemic. In future, we're going to have to consider whether the ease of international travel, which has so many cultural and economic benefits, is worth the inherent epidemiological risks. That's an especially vexing question when some other countries obfuscate when a new illness materializes (I'm looking at YOU, President Xi).
In other news, there are indications that Italy and Spain may be past the peak of virus-related deaths. That's extremely heartening. Gov. Cuomo even thinks that NYC may be leveling off. Let us hope and pray that he is right.