As a lethal virus rampaged across China, White House aides urged more aggressive action.
Edward WongThis story focuses on Matt Pottinger, deputy national security adviser & former WSJ reporter in China. He was alert & suspicious when the epidemic erupted in Wuhan. He also adopted wearing masks & having temp checks in the WH — standard practices in Asia.
After a surge in cases tied to international travelers, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and other places that seemed to have the epidemic under control have imposed stricter measures.
Edward WongAsian nations that have been controlling the virus are imposing stricter measures, fearful that new outbreaks will occur. This is a long-term campaign with no easy end. The rest of the world will learn — maybe the hard way. By @motokorich.
As the coronavirus spreads, the collapse of the project helps explain America’s acute shortage.
Edward WongAnother important @nytimes story on the virus calamity: The US market system undermined a long drive by the US government to get private cos. to develop affordable ventilators. The companies, focused on profits, failed to deliver. Now Americans are dying.
Aggressive screening might have helped contain the coronavirus in the United States. But technical flaws, regulatory hurdles and lapses in leadership let it spread undetected for weeks.
Edward WongMust-read @nytimes story on how Trump administration lost a month to prepare for the virus because of lack of testing. Failures of 3 top officials & their agencies: Redfield, Hahn and Azar. US may have world’s worst outbreak, and testing still lags badly.
As bigots blame them for the coronavirus and President Trump labels it the “Chinese virus,” many Chinese-Americans say they are terrified of what could come next.
Edward WongAsian Americans are getting yelled at & attacked by people accusing them of spreading the new coronavirus. It’s the new “yellow peril,” fueled by Trump’s use of the racist term “Chinese virus.” Xenophobia rising. @nytimes interviewed dozens for this story.
It remains unclear if the effort to enlist companies like General Motors, Apple and Hanes constitutes an effective strategy.
Edward WongTrump is acting as if private companies can rescue the US from the coronavirus crisis. He wants to set limits on the government’s role. But so far, there is only chaos. By @SangerNYT@AnaSwanson@maggieNYT.
We analyzed the movements of hundreds of millions of people to show why the most extensive travel restrictions to stop an outbreak in human history haven’t been enough.
Edward WongGreat @nytimes visual story on how unknowing travelers from the Wuhan area dispersed across China & the world as the virus was spreading regionally. There’s no doubt the official cover-up & delay in locking down the area helped the virus spread globally.
“It first struck me how different it was when I saw my first coronavirus patient go bad. I was like, Holy shit, this is not the flu. Watching this relatively young guy, gasping for air, pink frothy secretions coming out of his tube.”
Edward WongMust-read from @propublica on covid-19 — It’s much deadlier than the flu & regular pneumonia. A hospital worker describes a hospital in crisis in Louisiana. Patients in their early 40s w/ no health issues are drowning in their own blood & fluids.
The announcement comes weeks after President Trump limited the number of Chinese citizens who could work in the United States for five state-controlled Chinese news organizations.
Edward WongOur story on China’s mass expulsion of US journalists for @nytimes, Wash Post and Wall Street Journal. More conflict in the US-China relationship, as tensions rise over China’s handling of the initial coronavirus outbreak. w/ @marcatracy@jakesNYT.
Edward WongBreaking: China retaliates against new US policy on Chinese state-run media. Says 5 US organizations are now “foreign missions.” Demands US citizens working for NYT, Wash Post & WSJ turn over press cards in 10 days & stop work. Can’t report in HK or Macau.
Officials at the C.D.C. and epidemic experts conferred last month about what could happen in the U.S.
Edward WongImportant story by @sherifink that tells us the range of scenarios for how many people might die in US from covid-19 and to what degree hospitals will be overwhelmed. Details of meeting w/ CDC and experts. Distancing actions we take now are critical.
The world’s hardest-hit countries are trying a variety of measures to stop the spread of the virus. Here’s how they’re doing.
Edward WongGood @nytimes visual story showing the coronavirus outbreaks in Italy, Iran & South Korea, the countries w/ biggest ones outside China. South Korea got the growth under control with aggressive testing, monitoring and public info — all absent from the US.
A series of missed chances by the federal government to ensure more widespread testing came during the early days of the outbreak, when containment would have been easier.
Edward WongUS had a window to test widely and contain the spread of the new coronavirus. Alarmed scientists & doctors made efforts. But federal & state officials shut them down. Now it’s too late for containment — and tests are still rare. By @sherifink@ByMikeBaker.
His remarks at the CDC on Friday were misguided, misleading, and show how misinformation could hamper Covid-19 containment efforts.
Edward WongYou’ve probably heard about Trump’s visit to the CDC. This is the only story you need to read on it. But the video of the visit is still on a different level and worth watching. "The president’s statements to the press were terrifying.” By @jetjocko.