US President Donald Trump Upset Over Coronavirus Patients Being Repatriated

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Coronavirus – The Next Pandemic?

Cristal M Clark 

I am sure that by now you all are very well aware of the Coronavirus, heard rumors that China has been less than completely honest about just how many are/were infected and how many have died, how China is jailing those that go public and have even gone as far as to use Twitter and WeChat to find anyone sharing information about the Coronavirus and silence them.

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The Stock Market tanked today, and rumors are swirling that Donald Trump was a wee bit upset that the US passengers that were quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan flew home on Feb. 18.

14 of the passengers who were known to be infected with the Coronavirus the rest were discovered later. Those patients tested positive after the arrangements for their repatriation had been made as part of the group. Repatriation means to send someone back to his/her own country. 

That of course caused quite the debate between the State Department, who wanted to go ahead with the repatriation, and on the other side of the ring stood the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who recommended against it. The CDC’s concern was shared by infectious disease experts, but the Department of Health and Human Services supported the State Department. 

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We all know who won that argument, and that upset the Don and for good reason. The evacuation was rushed seemed to stem from the discontent of the passengers rather than due diligence or just basic common sense. 

Initially the whole group of US passengers on board the cruise ship were supposed to stay in Japan something Anne Schuchat, a CDC executive thought would be the safer course of action. 

The State Department, well they trusted the precautions put in place on the plane, and considered the journey back to the US safe: The infected passengers would be separated in an enclosure in the plane. An enclosure no one was sure even really worked to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. 

Funny how this ended up but it was Trump’s people from the State and Health departments who made the decision that Trump later considered reckless.

According to reports, Trump was in fact pretty furious over these passengers being repatriated rather than staying in Japan as they should have for the time being. 

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Trump is somewhat of a germaphobe when it comes to communicable disease and highly contagious illnesses and it’s left me wondering what his next move might be over the Coronavirus given that it is spreading as quickly as a California wildfire does. We have travelers coming into the US from all over the world, the US is carefully screening people for the virus, the bigger question is, is everyone else and if they are, how good are they screening really?

Cristal M Clark

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