Matt Gurney: Health officials can reassure us all they want, but our system failed

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Discussion posted by: JohnF44

The very first part of the coronavirus system that our health officials are so keen to tell us all about isn’t only not working, it can’t work, period. It all sounds reassuring. That was certainly the point of the entire exercise. “The risk (to the broader public) is low,” was the unofficial slogan of the entire event. But the reassuring words about co-ordination and communication can’t hide the awkward truth — the “system” the officials were so cheerfully describing didn’t work. A man flying back from an epidemic hot zone — and who was actively symptomatic upon arrival at an airport that was on the alert — was screened by officials who were fully aware of the danger … and who then let him into the country. That’s the failure here. That’s the issue of concern.