We obviously don't know all the details but there are some things that are painfully obvious about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we are witnessing spread slowly throughout the world.
The first is the medical community knows little about how the virus is actually spread. Today reports are coming out of China that the pathogen has been found surviving in urine, which brings up fears of transmission through sewer systems. Human to human transmission has been confirmed, but exactly how is the virus infecting so many so fast?
Authorities also believe the elderly are most at risk from an infection.
Second, we don't know how long the incubation period actually is before victims start showing symptoms. One thing is for sure based on recent reports -- the 14 day period now used for quarantine is likely not sufficient. Today experts proposed a 27 day quarantine to be sure to contain new infections.
The Trump administration's decision to bring two planeloads of passengers from the Diamond Princess docked in Asia, after determining the quarantine on board was 'broken', will be looked upon by historians as a deadly one. Depending on what news outlet you read, a dozen or more of the passengers transported were confirmed infections.
Reports are the Center for Disease Control was so angry at the decision to bring the virus to America that it forced the removal of the CDC cooperation from being included in the statement released by State and HHS.
"These individuals were moved in the most expeditious and safe manner to a specialized containment area on the evacuation aircraft to isolate them in accordance with standard protocols," the statement, published Sunday, read, reported USA Today.
The California flight had 177 people on it, seven of whom tested positive for coronavirus, Walters said. An additional three people were isolated during the flight for fever. Upon arrival, 171 stayed in Travis while six traveled to Omaha.
The Texas flight had 151 people board and included the other seven who tested positive for coronavirus. Two additional passengers were isolated on account of fever. All passengers who tested positive for coronavirus then moved on to Omaha.
The thought that plastic sheeting could contain the virus inside an airplane during a 10 hour flight is optimistic at a minimum.
We understand and applaud the fact that U.S. officials wanted to help Americans; however, these patients could have been helped at a facility in Japan, or elsewhere. Why bring them back to the homeland?
In the US, health officials are scrambling to contain the fallout from the evacuation of 300 Americans from the 'Diamond Princess'. It appears that the decision to transport 14 infected passengers along with the rest of the group was a disaster. Dozens of others appear to have been infected either during the trip, or shortly before, wrote Zero Hedge.
So, in a nutshell, we don't know how the virus is transmitted, or how long the incubation period is, but we fly hundreds of possibly-infected passengers back to the U.S. and release them into the population.
Just a possible scenario -- the confirmed infected passengers on the aircraft use the latrine on board. The person that cleans the latrine later becomes infected. His family becomes infected later that day. His daughter goes to an elderly facility over the weekend, passing the virus amongst the residents.
It is highly likely many will die because of this decision. Yes, they will be mostly elderly, but we believe many Americans would like to spend a few more years with their parents rather them having them ripped from their lives due to stupid decisions.
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