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Here one New York congressman is urging US to close down its worst to stop the spread it.
Of Swine Flu but is it too late could shutting down the nation's ports of entry cause greater economic problems -- the United States you're gonna win Jonathan Hoffman.
Is a former White House director of border security currently Jonathan is a principal at summit strategies Jonathan welcome pagan and Brian.
Good morning all right shutting down the borders is this from a real thing that's going around I mean is that a possibility.
I don't think it's a possibility not because of the Obama administration has said and a second Paul Thomas said this yesterday and the.
President said on Wednesday night that at this time it's not a step that they're considering.
But there have been calls from some members of congress and some of the media.
That closing the -- should be a step we should be looking at to prevent further spread of the Swine Flu.
Jonathan on that point -- you having worked in government.
When you're trying to manage and outbreak like this.
A crisis if you will and when you have voices calling out for something.
Is that just complicate the process even more and make it very difficult to manage.
It doesn't this case because these public public health officials government officials are right now focus on the proper steps of prevention and mitigation.
And what -- -- moved for for closing the border would do it would force them to focus our efforts somewhere else.
Somewhere that would not be very effective and also would be.
Very difficult costly and and destabilizing to the economy to do.
So the calls for for border closure can take their focus away from the steps that they should be taking.
In an effort to implement what would logically it's symbolic measure.
I'm one that would not have any impact but would make people feel that the government was doing something large and something substantial.
Yeah you know what we've heard this.
Was at 36000.
People -- -- just the general flu every year we have a maybe over a little over a hundred cases may -- we've got on this program the last two days or so said.
The -- concern while ball you know we need to watch it is not doesn't merit what we actually have.
I mean why are we seeing these sort of calls -- -- by the one congressman to talk about something as dramatic as closing a port of entry.
There's been a lot of hype about what how bad this could be and to be honest since it hasn't run its course we don't know it.
Could turn into a war -- fortunately there have been only that one reported death in the United States.
And then a few and in Mexico and it has not turned into a very lethal virus but.
At the beginning.
Earlier this week -- as the week's gone on people had a concern that it could become more deadly and and have a greater impact.
-- therefore given the nature of disease and and the global society that we live at its containment.
Coming becoming nearly impossible as we look out ahead and we're just gonna have to.
Deal with the mitigation of of any virus or disease that that we might -- That that's a good point -- there there have been studies and modeling done on on how you can contain a virus in a global economy and some sun -- much -- studies that that I've seen have shown that.
At best what it would do shutting down trade and travel would would limit the spread for about two weeks.
It would not limit the be impact and would not limit how bad the spread turns out to be it would just delay it by two weeks in an example this is.
After 9/11 when air travel was shut down for a few days.
What we saw was the 20012002.
Flu season was delayed by about two weeks wasn't less severe it was just about two weeks later.
All right John -- all been.
So that we appreciate your time thank you very much.
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