The American people remain oblivious to the pandemic, as the fake news media has been downplaying the severity of the outbreak for days. Even many people in the independent media seem to lack any real understanding of how pandemics spread, and they don't yet understand the mathematical models of exponential infections.
"The first case of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. has been confirmed in Chicago, according to state and federal health officials, as governments and corporations around the world are scrambling to limit the damage from the fast-spreading virus," reported the Wall Street Journal minutes ago.
The WSJ notes that the coronavirus pandemic has spread to 15 other countries, with human-to-human transmission also confirmed outside both the USA and China.
The World Health Organization just concluded an emergency meeting in which a full global pandemic was declared.
This decision is actually a good thing, as it may give nations like the United States the political cover they need to block all flights from China -- arguably the only way that further spread can be halted.
Given the "stealth" nature of the coronavirus and the fact that it can be spread by symptomless carriers who don't even know they're infecting others, isolation is the only answer to stopping the exponential spread of the pandemic. That means President Trump has a very short window of opportunity to order the halting of all flights from China, or risk further expansion of the pandemic in the United States.
This is a rare case where we agree with the WHO's decision to declare a global pandemic. It's the right thing to do, and it may allow governments to start enacting enhanced quarantines and isolation procedures that seem to be the only way to stop this.