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Reuters reports Nearly 200 Americans Repatriated from China Placed Under Quarantine.

“We are preparing as if this is the next pandemic, but we are hoping that is not the case,” said Nancy Messonnier, director of National Center For Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, in a telephone interview from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC announced the 14-day quarantine order, which applies to 195 repatriated individuals, a day after the U.S. State Department issued its strongest warning against travel to China due to an epidemic of the new virus, which has claimed more than 200 lives.

CDC officials said they were waiting for test results to determine if any of the individuals had the virus but had issued the quarantine order, the agency’s first in 50 years, out of an abundance of caution.

China Chide "Mean" US

In the ridiculous comment of the day, China Chides 'Mean' U.S. for Travel Warning as Virus Impact Spreads.

“Do not travel to China due to the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan,” the U.S. State Department said, raising the warning for China to the same level as Afghanistan and Iraq.

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“The World Health Organization urged countries to avoid travel restrictions, but very soon after that, the United States did the opposite,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. “It’s truly mean.”

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reiterated in a series of tweets on Friday that his organisation had confidence in China’s capacity to control the 2019-nCoV virus.

My Comment on the WHO Yesterday

Given the repeated asinine comments today, I believe F WHO is spot on.

The best way to stop the spread of a pandemic is to not let it get started in the first place. That means travel bans and quarantines.

China proves what happens when you get behind the curve.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock