I might not be as smart as this guy, but I think his logic is preposterous. Here’s his proposition:
“Even if we tried to close the border, it wouldn’t work,” the top health official added. “People have a right to return. People transiting through could come in. And it would backfire, because by isolating these countries, it’ll make it harder to help them, it will spread more there and we’d be more likely to be exposed here.”
Now, if we instituted quarantine, people could still return. They would, indeed, pay a price in terms of delay for going to the hot zones, but they coudl still return.
Could people “transiting in” still come through? Well, yes, but only if no other country instituted prohibition or quarantine for people whose flights originate in the hot zones. Some already have done that, and one expects more will…other than the U.S. of course. Are we to become the next place from which more protective countries ban flights?
Backfire? It would only “backfire” if nobody did anything to help those in the hot zones. He is assuming nobody who could help would be allowed IN to the affected countries. Who is proposing that? Nobody I know of.
It truly amazes me how dedicated this government is to the proposition that the population does not deserve protection from much of anything.