PIONEER PRESS: Jason Lewis: It’s not xenophobic to guard against these viruses

PIONEER PRESS: Jason Lewis: It’s not xenophobic to guard against these viruses

Jason Lewis
03/26/2020

In all crises, leaders emerge. Not one leader, but thousands if not millions. Whether in a natural disaster or amidst the carnage of war, one characteristic has stood out among those who had the temerity to act — courage.

And the courage that saves us is not just physical bravery. It is truth. The willingness to say what has to be said and to speak when others remain silent.

America is faced with an immediate public health challenge, and focusing on defeating the coronavirus has put the nation on wartime footing with all the attendant sacrifices. As in any battle, those who place the welfare of their countrymen and women first will prevail. Those who don’t, who are unwilling to face the facts and do what is necessary, will suffer great loss.

We cannot let that happen to America.

There is little doubt the novel outbreak started in a live animal market in Wuhan, China. It should accurately be recognized as such. It is not “xenophobic” to state the obvious unless you are willing to put political correctness above the health of Americans.

This is not a “Chinese” virus — but it started in China.

According to Boston University, the first five cases in Washington, California, Arizona and Illinois came from infected individuals returning from Wuhan, China. The elephant in the living room is this — practices that are uncommon, unsanitary and in some cases illegal in this country were nevertheless allowed to be imported here.

As researchers put it, “Often, a key that works on animal cells, like bat cells, won’t let that same virus enter into human cells. From time to time, however, there will be mutations or other types of changes to the protein key of a virus that turn it into a master key, able to open the doors of both animal cells and human cells. When this happens, a virus can now ‘jump’ from animals to humans, a process called zoonotic transfer. The new coronavirus, similar to SARS, appears to be another example of a virus that successfully made the jump.”

Obviously, a complete travel ban from China was not only warranted but must continue for the foreseeable future along with prohibited travel from other hot spots throughout the globe.

But to lead, we must not just vanquish the pandemic at hand, we must never allow it to happen again.

Protecting our borders and reconsidering the cavalier way in which international travel takes place to and from the United States must be a top priority. We are enduring a sizable inconvenience of self-quarantining to help contain just one zoonotic virus. Adopting a practice of enhanced medical screening of all international travelers on a permanent and routine basis amounts to a far less one.

We did it for terrorism; it’s now time to do it for the third leading cause of death in the United States, infectious disease.

Is globalism so grand, internationalism so fashionable and the next quarter’s bottom line so dear that we expose ourselves to the very serious health and financial risks of DENV, MERS, SARS, Ebola or COVID-19?

A century ago, European immigrants at Ellis Island were medically examined and preemptively quarantined. It goes without saying that open borders and sanctuary cities screen no one for disease.

We simply have no choice but to secure our borders.

But if America First means anything, it also means an end to outsourcing medical supplies to China. A Communist country so emboldened they’ve already threatened to cut off the U.S. drug supply, plunging America “into the hell of a novel coronavirus epidemic.”

It means a new “Buy American” emphasis ending a dangerous supply-chain dependence for our key industries, starting with a directive that all federal agencies buy American-made supplies in these vital areas affected by a public health or national security crisis.

It means an end to politicizing economic relief and defeating the virus through advances in medicine and eventually “herd immunity”—not by closing down the greatest economy in the world.

But most of all, it means protecting the health and well-being of our citizens where it matters most. All we need is the courage to do it.

Jason Lewis, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is a Republican candidate to represent Minnesota in the Senate.

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