Should travel bans be imposed due to coronavirus?
In December 2019, a new strain of a coronavirus respiratory disease, named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), was first detected in Wuhan City, China. COVID-19 is primarily spread through contact with coughs and sneezes from an infected person. There are more than 75,000 reported cases of coronavirus globally, and more than 2,000 people have died from the disease. It has a mortality rate of 2.3% compared to 0.1% for the seasonal flu. In order to help stop the spread of coronavirus, about 60 countries have enacted travel restrictions, travel bans, and even quarantines on people who had been in China recently. Were those travel bans fair or overreactions? Are travel bans generally effective at slowing the spread of disease? Or counterproductive because countries with bans have their economies harmed and thus lose precious resources?