Something I don’t think gets appreciated enough;USNS Mercy hospital ship after completing a humanitarian mission in the Pacific

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While I can’t argue that properly outfitting the ship should be a marginal cost given the total budget, but you’ve hit on some of the reasons this is bad logic yourself.

Of course risking two hundred is better than risking three hundred and fifty million lives, but maintaining a quarantine on an inappropriately-outfitted ship is sentencing the infected and the staff (who will be infected quickly) to death for no benefit. The disease won’t be cured and you’re out one ship and a few hundred people.

The borders are too porous to *guarantee* safety pretty much everywhere in the world, and isolationist policy hampers the relief effort and the work on a cure.

Your comment on only citizens being recovered is both crass and short-sighted. An epidemic will need more than one nation’s resources to solve – even America cannot do it alone – and nobody will help someone who leaves the innocent to die for no better reasons than xenophobia or miserliness.

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