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Experts agree that travel restrictions are critical to helping curb the spread of the coronavirus
March 13, 2020

HHS Secretary Alex Azar: “The travel restrictions that the President put in place at around the beginning of this month [on China] have given our
country valuable time to prepare, and that is precisely what they were designed to do.”

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Michael Adams: “[W]e knew most of the cases were coming from China and that’s why the President took an unprecedented step of making sure we restricted travel to those areas.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Dr. Stephen Redd: “Within weeks of identifying the outbreak…the restriction of travel from China reduced travel by 90%. I think that was a very helpful move to prevent more cases from China coming into the United States.”

Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx: “It’s clear that the early work of the president, both with travel restrictions and the ability to quarantine, has bought us the time and space to have this task force be very effective.”

Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center Dr. Marc Siegel: “I think [the President] made a very robust response to travel. I definitely agree with Dr. Fauci that it decreased the number of cases that we’re seeing here in the United States right now.” 

Chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths Dr. Betsy McCaughey: “The President is doing exactly the right thing by attempting to keep this coronavirus from becoming endemic inside the United States.”

Medical Director for CityMD Dr. Janette Nesheiwat: “We still need to take precautions…we need to control the incoming cases from around the world, so we know that our President, starting tomorrow, is going to put a temporary ban on travel from Europe, and then we have to focus on containing it in the United States.”