Mike4 wrote: johnhemming wrote:
Mike4 wrote:Closing borders is basic step No 1 in the Gold Standard for pandemic handling. "Halt inbound infections".This was figured out over 100 years ago and totally ignored by our stupid government.
So stop all international travel for ever?
Well not for ever, but until the epidemic subsides.
But broadly speaking yes, you want to stop the virus entering your country, obviously yes stop all incoming travellers. It's obvious, and has been known for centuries.https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... 665-plague
Yes, of course but we know that is not realistic in this interconnected world. This week, my wife is in Madeira, my daughter in Greece and my son in the US! My other son and girlfriend have just come back from her home in Denmark via a week in the Algarve!
Is there any country who is doing it better than we are in this country though?
Pueyo goes through the options, there is a spectrum from total shut down to completely open travel.
In the UK we seem to be in one of the worst possible places with this. Rules and regulations that change frequently and with little warning (just enough to provide time to panic and for the wealthy to avoid some of the impact). No real sense that the rules are being policed. Disharmony between the devolved nations that serves to make a mockery of the whole thing.
Taiwan, South Korea and New Zealand, among others seem to have a better handle on things.
The USA seems even worse than the UK, my son flew in a few weeks ago, ostensibly to 14 days of isolation but in practice nobody cared.
The USA with its different states applying different rules should prove an interesting case study in future, although with pretty much no restriction on interstate travel the picture will remain a hotch potch.
It may even be that Trump will be seen as a visionary in years to come for his rallies providing the ideal incubators for herd immunity when all the vaccine research failed...stranger things have happened.