The World Health Organization has long encouraged mass tourism and said closing borders wouldn’t stop the spread of Covid-19. A New York Times investigation found this policy was never based on science, but instead on politics and economics.
This is a stunning story. Countries were late to travel restrictions essentially b/c public health scientists have an ideological preference for open borders.
Very interesting piece about how the International Health Regulations' opposition to closing borders during outbreaks failed the world in #Covid. Puzzlingly, it doesn't mention the US outbreak was seeded by Americans fleeing home as borders closed.
Ski,🏂Party,🍾Seed a Pandemic: How Thousands of Skiers Carried the #Coronacirus to 40 Nations on 5 Continents due to lax travel rules for the wealthy via #Covid19 #GlobalHealth
Limited evidence means we cannot make blanket statements on whether border restrictions work or not. What our ⁦⁩ is trying to figure out. ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦
The World Health Organization has long encouraged mass tourism and said closing borders wouldn’t stop the spread of Covid-19. A New York Times investigation found this policy was never based on science, but instead on politics and economics.
From very early on, the World Health Organization helped turn an outbreak into a pandemic.
This is a stunning read. "When the coronavirus emerged in China in January, the WHO didn't flinch in its advice: Do not restrict travel. But what is now clear is that the policy was about politics and economics more than public health."
Ischgl: How a small village in the Austrian Alps seeded infections throughout Europe.
Health officials said closing borders wouldn’t stop Covid-19. A Times investigation found that policy was never based on science.
Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight the key is a lot of public health pronouncements by experts have HUGE error bars. this is why i kind of eye-rolled with parts of science twitter demanded we 'listen to the experts'
"In March, nearly half the cases in Norway were linked to Austrian ski holidays"
#IHR The new rules took effect in 2007 even as the world was rapidly making them obsolete. Focused heavily on trade, they failed to account for “a tourism industry that grows out of bounds” - great article! Helpful for #IHR REVIEW ⁦⁩ ⁦⁦⁦
Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight This story is "must reading" for our global health community. Travel & trade are vital parts of the IHR. Do travel restrictions work? We don't know. We are flying blind.
. interesting piece about how the International Health Regulations' opposition to closing borders during outbreaks failed the world in #Covid. it doesn't mention the US outbreak was seeded by Americans fleeing home as borders closed
This story from on the response to #Covid19 is great. It also demonstrates that many people’s expectations of the WHO — and global governance in general — are just way, way off from the reality. Thread. 1/x
"Then they all went home, unwittingly taking the virus w/them. Infected in Ischgl or surrounding villages, 1000s of skiers carried the #coronavirus to >40 countries on 5 continents. Many of Iceland’s 1st cases were traced to Ischgl."
"the policy of unobstructed travel was never based on hard science. It was a political decision, recast as health advice...By the time Covid-19 surfaced, it had become an article of faith."
Really interesting look at the post-SARS development of the public health community consensus that travel restrictions are bad (a now-forgotten 1994 plague outbreak in India plays a big role) and why it’s shifting back again.
Even the NYT admits a core Trump thesis: that WHO & expert arguments against border-crossing restrictions were never based on science. Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight
Good piece on dearth of evidence (both ways) on travel restrictions & pandemics by Tho more weight should be given to the impact restrictions (& not following int'l law) may have on reporting future outbreaks.
I'm a cosmopolitan, pro-globalization guy myself, but it seems like the WHO and many other experts took it as an article of faith that closing borders and restricting travel can't stop a virus, and this may have been 100 percent wrong
"What is now clear is that the policy was about politics and economics more than public health."
To be fair Biden was just following the WHO and other experts who argued the same, but they probably weren't right
Trump has called travel restrictions "the biggest decision we made so far," but there is NO EVIDENCE that #TravelBans prevented the spread of #COVID19. These nationalist measures fracture the world when #GlobalSolidarity is needed most.
Good weekend read ⁦⁩: Travel restrictions is one of many issues the world must revisit as it reviews the ⁦⁩ #International Health Regulations to strengthen #pandemic #preparedness ⁦⁩ ⁦
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Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight
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Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight
New York Times, January 31: "At this point, sharply curtailing air travel to and from China is more of an emotional or political reaction..." New York Times, September 30: (see screenshot)
Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight good writing here, see this ?
This article highlights the difficulty many of us in public health have faced during #COVID19 - when to change our pre-existing beliefs about how to prevent and control epidemics.
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“#Ischgl is where the era of global tourism, made possible by cheap airfares and open borders, collided with a pandemic.” Interesting article on what happened only 7 months ago: it all will enter history books. ⁦