On the way back into the US this past Saturday night, we were "screened" for coronavirus.
A person asked us if we had been to China in the prior 14 days. We said "no." End of screening.
Not sure if this is feasible, but one wonders if the state department or homeland security has a computer base of people traveling on US passports who have used them to get into China or s. Korea or Italy or Iran or other virus affected areas recently, and if inquiries can be made of those people to really assess the virulence of the virus. Would such a "search" be deemed "unreasonable" (under the 4th amendment) particularly insofar as no criminal activity on the part of such a traveler would be suspected? Would this be a scientifically sound approach?
There sure was a lot of coughing on the plane, though perhaps I was just more sensitive to it. Even in the Caribbean, when we entered Barbados, we had to fill out a paper about our travel in the past 14 days, and the same when we entered Grenada.
About 675,000 people died in 1918-1919 from the flu in the United States. A staggering number considering that the population then was about 1/3 of what we have now, so this is the equivalent of about 2 million deaths today. Geez.