Washington state Governor Jay Inslee announced on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 that he would be returning a field hospital that was built in Seattle’s CenturyLink Field Event Center to the federal government.
The hospital was ostensibly built to help the health care system fend off the Wuhan Virus.
In recent days, Inslee has pointed to more favorable numbers in terms of virus infections in the state. At one point, Washington led the nation in terms of cases and deaths. As of April 8, there were 9,097 confirmed cases of the Wuhan Virus in Washington, along with 421 deaths.
The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation even suggested in a recent report that Washington may have reached its peak for Wuhan Virus hospitalizations.
On top of returning the field hospital, Inslee announced on April 5 that he was returning 400 ventilators to the federal government’s national stockpile in order to help other states more impacted by the Wuhan Virus.
In his statement made on April 8, the governor said the move to take down the field hospital will allow the facility to “be deployed to another state facing a more significant need.”
According to Inslee spokesman Mike Faulk, the field hospital never treated a single patient.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan believed that Inslee’s announcement was the right decision, because the region’s hospitals appear to have enough of an infrastructure to handle these cases.
“While Seattle fought hard for these resources, it’s clear other communities are in desperate need of this high-quality medical facility and personnel,” Durkan stated. “This virus knows no borders, and we must care for the sick and vulnerable, regardless of any city, county, or state line.”
This case shows how certain parts of the country are not as impacted by pandemic as others.
Such developments vindicate President Donald Trump’s level-headed approach to addressing the Wuhan Virus pandemic by giving states more leeway in handling the situation.
A one-size-fits-all approach would have resulted in potential abuses of civil liberties and economic power grabs.
Airbnb CEO Says Wuhan Virus Will Fundamentally Transform Domestic Travel
Post-pandemic America will not look the same.
Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, said to Reuters on January 14, 2021 that domestic travel patterns will not revert to pre-Wuhan virus pandemic standards.
In a Zoom call with Jonathan Weber, the global technology editor for Reuters, Chesky said that business travel will move towards leisure travel due to the fact that software like Zoom facilitates teleconferencing at unprecedented rates.
Furthermore, Chesky speculates that people won’t be visiting America’s largest cities as much as before, nor will they stay at crowded hotels. Instead, he believes that “many people will travel by car – some will travel by plane – and they’re going to travel to thousands of smaller communities. And many of these communities are going to be smaller cities and or even rural areas.”
Additionally, the Airbnb CEO notes that “farm stays are huge right now” and that national parks travel will become a major trend among travelers in the upcoming months. The latter will grow, in Chesky’s view, because most Americans have not visited such parks.
According to an Airbnb survey, 54% of Americans have plans of traveling in 2021 or they’re in the process of planning out their trips for the summer. Chesky asserted that travelers are “yearning for what was taken away from them.” He added, “they’re not yearning to see Times Square. What they are yearning to do is to see their friends and their families they have not seen in a long time.”
Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge raised an interesting point about this change in Americans’ travel patterns:
If Chesky is right about the significant travel shift, the hotel industry could be slated for a massive wave of bankruptcies and or consolidation to a degree never before seen.
Regardless, Americans are getting tired of the Wuhan virus lockdowns. Millions of Americans have had their freedoms infringed upon thanks to politicians who want to exploit a generalized crisis for their own gain.
If Republicans were smart, they would be unapologetically campaigning for their states to be reopened. Americans want to go back to their normal lives and engage in activities such as travel, which the political class has deprived them of.
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