Trump’s only action to interdict the coved-19 epidemic before mid March was to decrease the number of direct flights from China. This action not only failed to stop the spread of the disease into the country and it, of course, failed to stop the spread within the country.
In fact : “Since Chinese officials disclosed the outbreak of a mysterious pneumonialike illness to international health officials on New Year’s Eve, at least 430,000 people have arrived in the United States on direct flights from China, including nearly 40,000 in the two months after President Trump imposed restrictions on such travel, according to an analysis of data collected in both countries.”
“The bulk of the passengers, who were of multiple nationalities, arrived in January, at airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Newark and Detroit. Thousands of them flew directly from Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak, as American public health officials were only beginning to assess the risks to the United States.”
“Flights continued this past week, the data show, with passengers traveling from Beijing to Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, under rules that exempt Americans and some others from the clampdown that took effect on Feb. 2. In all, 279 flights from China have arrived in the United States since then, and screening procedures have been uneven, interviews show.”
Medicynical note: Trump’s claim that stopping flights from China save lives, like most of his claims, is false. It didn’t save lives and he didn’t stop flights. His is the least effective worst managed most disastrous administration in U.S. history.