At this moment the White House is holding a live press conference to explain the remarks that Vice President Joe Biden made this morning on the Today Show. He basically advised that Americans would be wise to avoid being enclosed in a pressurized cabin like an airplane with infected people coughing and sneezing around you.
That makes sense.
As you can imagine, the airlines and the travel association folks are baring their fangs at Biden and demanding some kind of retraction. They don't want you to stop flying because obviously their major concern is stockpiling as much cash as they can until their passengers literally start dropping like flies on their planes.
Ezra Klein of The American Prospect writes:
But here's the thing: Biden may be right to induce a bit of panic. The United States Travel Association won't think so. It's their profit stream on the line, after all. But epidemiologists are probably quietly relieved by the Vice President's comments. ... The absolute best case is that Joe Biden did something that's so effective that he looks really stupid. READ MORE...