[Ed. – That’s how many travelers entered the U.S. coming from China in December, January, and February. The only thing I’d add for clarification to Daniel Greenfield’s points is that it wouldn’t have been enough to shut down travel from China. People flying in from anywhere else could have been in China previously, at a time that would make them infectious when they landed in the U.S. They could also have become infected elsewhere. How do we ever travel again as if this isn’t a risk? We probably don’t.]
The question isn’t why do we have a pandemic. The correct question is why don’t we have a much worse pandemic.
Travel data of passengers arriving in the United States from China during the critical period in December, January and February, when the disease took hold in that country, shows a stunning 759,493 people entered the U.S.
“This is an astonishing number in a short period of time, illustrating how globalized our world has become. Just as people can hop continents with amazing ease, the infections they carry can too,” said Dr. Vinayak Kumar, an internal medicine resident at the Mayo Clinic and a contributor to the ABC News Medical Unit.
The United States doesn’t have to be globalized. That’s a choice. A bad choice.