Exactly one week ago, I warned that there was an ethical problem in forcing healthy people to stay in a confined location with sick people, where they are more likely to get sick and possibly die. At that time 66 new cases of COVID-19 infection were reported on the Diamond Princess bringing the total to 136.
There are now 454 cases on the ship and the US in evacuating hundreds of patients back to the US where they will most likely have to spend two more weeks in quarantine. 14 have already tested positive for the virus. Bringing them to the US will double the number of patients with coronavirus within our borders.
In one week, the number of cases on the ship exploded by more than three times from 136 to 454!
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health admitted that the idea had failed:
"The quarantine process failed," Fauci said. "I'd like to sugarcoat it and try to be diplomatic about it, but it failed. People were getting infected on that ship. Something went awry in the process of the quarantining on that ship. I don't know what it was, but a lot of people got infected on that ship."
This chart from Zerohedge illustrates what a stunning failure the plan was. It shows the number of Wuhan coronavirus cases outside of China. The total cases of infection on the Diamond Princess (454) is more than all the other cases outside of China (435). And it only took 13 days to get there.
To call the quarantine a failure is almost too kind. It's not too much of a stretch to say it was a human rights violation that caused a lot people to become infected with a deadly virus they might have avoided had they not been quarantined on a ship with sick people. At least they have admitted to the failure and will be trying another approach that will hopefully be effective.
I repeat what I said in my previous post. If this virus gets into places where a lot of malnourished, generally unhealthy poor people are packed together it will be a disaster. And if there is any effort to keep the healthy people in the same location with the sick, it will only cause the infection to spread more quickly among that isolated population.
Here is today's global map of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Total cases: 73,335
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