Tomás Pueyo, a respected analyst who has been writing and tweeting about the Wuhan pandemic for months, has published an op-ed in the New York Times titled “To Beat the Coronavirus, Build a Better Fence.” In the piece, dated September 14, Pueyo writes:
Measures like masks, testing, contact tracing, isolations, quarantines are still necessary, but one approach has not been emphasized enough: the fence. Countries that quickly closed their borders or carefully monitored anyone coming in have been most successful in slowing infections.
Pueyo says travel bans are the most effective means of containing the virus and those countries that have enforced travel bans the most effectively have avoided the worst of the pandemic. In the United States, he points out that while New Mexico shut down schools and businesses and ordered people to wear masks, cases in Doña Ana County, which borders Mexico, began to rise nevertheless. Similarly, Oregon’s Umatilla County saw a spike in infections when Mexican farmworkers entered. While President Trump largely shut down the border with Mexico in early February, the closure was incomplete and travel for “essential” purposes was allowed to continue.
At the same time as the border closure, Trump also announced a ban on in-coming travel from China, yet again the ban was only partial. Within just two months following the announcement, up to 40,000 persons entered the U.S. from that country, the original source of the virus. Pueyo writes that the virus “first afflicted mostly cities that are international hubs.”
For all his recent fuss about Trump’s shortcomings in dealing with the pandemic, Joe Biden reacted with knee-jerk Leftist moralizing to the initial ban, calling it “hysterical xenophobia.” Tweeting at the time, he said “A wall will not stop the coronavirus. Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it.” Although Biden promised to “listen to the experts,” he apparently overlooked Tomás Pueyo–who disagrees with him completely.
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