Sunday, August 9, 2020

Chuckle - US State Department issues New Zealand travel advisory because of its 23 COVID-19 cases.

U.S. issues New Zealand travel advisory because of the country’s ‘23 active cases’ reports Aldous J Pennyfarthing at Daily Kos.

This is like telling Titanic passengers not to get on the lifeboats because someone thought he saw a spider in one of them.

Apparently, our State Department has issued a travel advisory for New Zealand — because the country currently has 23 active coronavirus cases. And, well, New Zealand media are getting quite a kick out of it.

New Zealand Herald:

“As of August 7, 2020, New Zealand has had 1569 confirmed and probable cases of Covid–19 within its borders. Currently, there are 23 active cases in New Zealand,” the post states.

The website, however, doesn’t explain all 23 active cases are in managed isolation.

The US government has four travel advisory levels for overseas travel:
Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.
Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.
Level 3: Reconsider Travel.
Level 4: Do Not Travel.

However, New Zealanders need not worry about Americans entering the country given only New Zealand citizens or residents with valid travel conditions can currently enter.

New Zealand, of course, has been a model for how to handle the coronavirus epidemic. With a population of around 5 million, it has suffered just 22 deaths to date. Meanwhile, to take just one example, Louisiana, whose population is 4.6 million, has logged 4,207 deaths.

If you would prefer country-by-country measures:

NZ population: 4,822,233 NZ cases: 1,569 NV deaths: 22

US population: 331,002,541 US cases: 5,079,985 US deaths: 163,684


Granted, there are some important differences between the two countries. For one, they’re a relatively isolated island nation and we’re a major cultural and economic hub that sees vastly more travel. Secondly, they’re run by a competent woman, whereas we’d be better off with that mechanical bird Homer left behind to oversee safety protocols at the Springfield nuclear plant.

Those are the main differences, really.

Now, I suppose this kind of advisory is routine, but come on. Twenty-three cases? There are probably more in the White House as we speak. In this country, I freak out about getting COVID every time I have to leave the house. If I were in New Zealand I’d be more concerned about being stomped to death by gonorrheal emus — which aren’t even indigenous to New Zealand, now that I think about it.

Face it, we’re typhoid central, and the whole world knows it.

Someday, after this is all over, I might like to travel to New Zealand. If I like it, I might move into a cozy little hobbit hole and never think about Donald Trump ever again.

Sorry, Pennyfarthing, you’ll have to wait your turn. We visited NZ a couple of years ago and fell in love with the country. If we were able to move to a different country, NZ would be my pick. Sensible gun laws, great scenery, and a woman PM.

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