Should Trump Ban all Inbound Flights From China?


Taiwan banned travelers from China and is even sending people back. Should Trump do the same?

Emergency Evacuation Planned

As I ask the obvious question, U.S. Working to Evacuate American Citizens From Epidemic-Stricken Chinese City

The U.S. government is working to evacuate American citizens by air from the epidemic-stricken Chinese city of Wuhan as soon as possible, according to people familiar with the effort.

The operation comes as the death toll from a newly identified coronavirus that originated in Wuhan climbs above 40 and the number of confirmed infections tops 1,300, with many of the cases in and around the central Chinese city of 11 million people. The fast spread of the disease in recent days across China and around the world, including two cases in the U.S., has raised fears of a deadly contagion.

Roughly 1,000 American citizens are thought to be in Wuhan, and the U.S. consulate there is reaching out to those it knows about to offer a seat on the plane, these people familiar with the matter said. The plane seats around 230 people, and will include diplomats from the U.S. consulate as well as Americans and their families. Those evacuated will be responsible for the cost.

China Orders Centralized Response, Taiwan Sends Tour Groups Home

Please consider China Orders Centralized Response to Virus Outbreak as Alert Level Rises

Xi Jinping established a new, high-level party committee to take control of the Chinese government’s response to a deadly new virus that has quickly spread across the country and around the world, as Beijing halted overseas departures of Chinese tour groups and Hong Kong raised its epidemic alert to the highest level.

After staying largely silent in public about the outbreak since it first emerged in central China last month, Mr. Xi on Saturday convened a special meeting of the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, calling for a more centralized response to the epidemic and asserting personal responsibility in addressing the crisis.

Key Details

  • Beijing halted overseas departures of Chinese tour groups.
  • Hong Kong raised its epidemic alert to the highest level.
  • China announced further restrictions on the movement of its people, banning private vehicles from the streets of central Wuhan.
  • Taiwan will refuse entry to tour groups and immediately send back any such tour groups that were already in Taiwan.

Economic Impact

The economic impact to China will be severe. This is right at the peak of the Chinese new year celebration.

Wuhan, population 11 million, is shut down. Private vehicles are banned.

Three Key Questions

  1. After the emergency evacuation takes place, should Trump ban incoming planes from China?
  2. Should we send back any individuals or tour groups already here?
  3. Should the people on the emergency evacuation be quarantined?

Question of the Day

Mike "Mish' Shedlock

Comments (17)
No. 1-9


Excellent book on 1918 Influenza:

The problem is China can be more brutal than smart.

Or only allow flights in to places where people can be quarantined for a week.

Not that it matters, they will just go to Mexico and find a way to get to the US border, even a near border town, and the illegals ready to cross will catch it and bring it here.

Public Health isn't politically correct - consider how AIDS/HIV became political. It was restricted to IV drug users and Homosexual men, but they said "anyone can get it" to avoid stigma, but this misdirected the efforts.

The R is around 3.5 (meaning one person will infect 3.5), it is slow onset so there are no clear symptoms (like you have a cold, the flu, or sore throat) and it is deadly, especially to the weak like the elderly.

Wait until it hits Typhoid LA, or San FranS**thole.

The Chinese are big in Africa and the response will be worse there.

And what of refugees and migrants in the Middle East and now in Europe?


Ban everything from China,it's all cheap ass junk anyway,waste of money.All that contaminated crap ends up at Walmart and Lowes,Walmart will just add 2 for 1 sale to move it with the label,"you must leave the store befor droppin dead"!


I think banning flights is prudent but will have devastating consequences for individuals forced to stay. I would think it is likely public health authorities here will place the people from the evacuation flight on isolation or have them isolate at home. They will be followed closely no doubt.
The quarantine in Wuhan sounds like an effort to contain the illness but also leaves the population to fend for themselves, unable to do anything but shelter in place or walk where they need to go. Can you imagine how that would play out in NYC if they shut all of the subways and car traffic?


Catch 22. Ban flights from China and liberals will scream racism and overreaction from bad orange man. Don't ban flights and liberals will blame Trump for not doing the obvious when shtf.


In the 14th century, the plague that killed 50 million people, over half the population of Europe, in seven years was spread at the speed of an ox cart.

In 1918, the Spanish Flu killed another 50 million in only 15 months. We were moving faster.

Modern jets are about 170 times faster than an ox cart. Once propagated, the debate will be over and billions could be infected.

Stop the planes out of quarantined China until CDC and Chinese authorities can get a handle on this bug.
Surely this will convince the world that we need more, better and faster tools in the hands of the CDC, and others like them, to fight this fight for us.


Time for more Quantitative Easing?

Christian dk
Christian dk

TOO is already spread everywhere...
So does this mean NO more migrants
is it a HUMan right to flee the infested areas and thereby killing the planned...its called jihad...we won and claim 70 virgins and total victory


I would just as soon ban everything from China, until China handles its human rights violations and vast pollution problems. We shouldn't be importing any food from China whatsoever, because of its likely contamination. We should not be trusting anything said by the Chinese government.

Just isolate China until it 1) Handles the CoV; 2) Turns its pollution around; 3) Ceases its human rights violations; 4) Stops its constant lying.

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