I watched the president's address last night. First time I've done that in many, many years.
It would have been better to shut down more travel sooner, but he got a lot of flack for putting the China restrictions in place very early on. The latter bought us some time and the former if done sooner would have bought additional time. Better late than never. I don't quite understand the Great Britain exception--could be post-Brexit the admin feels GB has reasonable measures in place.
I don't know how much efficacy readily available loans will have, but the gesture is better than funneling barges of cash to Wall St and letting small businesses and individuals take it on the chin.
I don't know but imagine his call for non-partisanship has already been politicized.
Listening to the radio earlier his description of covid-19 as a "foreign" virus (I don't remember what he said specifically but I wasn't paying 100% attention) is getting some hyperbolic reaction. I think the point is that even the newer hot spots in the US are traceable to foreign travel, so temporarily curtailing overseas travel makes sense.
My only criticism of the gov'ts response is we seem to be slow about ramping up the degree of screening. The caveat regarding the latter is that I'm not in the medical business, so am completely ignorant of best practices for these types of situations. As a lowly engineer my mentality is more data is generally better than less data (assuming the data is accurate).
In my work domain (my employer and others whom I have contact with) basically shut down overseas travel last week. This week internal measures are rolling out. Severe curtailing of in-person meetings (what will Megacorp America do without endless inane meetings?). Severely curtailing visitors at facilities/on campuses. Canceling all non-business-essential events. "Dry runs" of work-from-home days to test the viability of that mitigation step being employed to reduce disruption. Stuff like that.
What really alarms me long-term is what I've heard about our massive dependence on China for medical supplies (especially prescription drugs and antibiotics). Doesn't help that they (allegedly) threatened to cut us off recently. Some corporate cabal really sold us down the road there. That needs to be fixed. Really our whole supply chain needs to be retooled from a strategic rather than short-term financial perspective.