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Inside the U.S. Coronavirus Quarantine | WSJ

February 14, 2020

– The most interesting
thing about being here is just how they’re working through some of these issues that come up when you house all these people together and they’re kind of cut off
from the rest of the world in this very, very unique situation. – So they put up these
temporary gray metal fencing all around, barricades
all around the outside of the perimeter of the hotel, and they have U.S. marshals guarding us to make sure we don’t go stir crazy and just make a run for it. (quietly tense electronic music) The plane and the ride was wild, because it’s not a normal,
commercial passenger jet. The U.S. State Department
had chartered a cargo plane and they had retrofitted it with seats, and then in the back, there
was four porta potties. Between the seats and the porta potties was a white plastic table with
two State Department workers in white hazmat suits who
would check your temperatures periodically during the flight, so we got our temperature
checked three times. – I am at the Miramar
Marine Corps Air Station where we are going to be held
in quarantine for two weeks. It is federally mandated. Basically, we’re housed
in these living quarters that are kind of a cross
between a dorm and a motel room. We get breakfast, lunch, and dinner at designated periods throughout the day. There are people that
come and clean every day, and I’ve seen them outside as well disinfecting the stairwells and the walls. On the hallways, on the doors, there are signs saying, you know, best practices for reducing infection. – We get treated pretty well here. This is a multi-agency effort to make a quarantine like this work. The CDC is here, of course. The U.S. Public Health Service, the National Disaster Medical System, and the U.S. Marshals are
here, of course, guarding us and also the Administration
for Children and Families. They all work to make this
quarantine/summer camp run on a day to day basis. – In the mornings, they ask
that we go to the main hall and get our temperature checked, which is then recorded
on our log every day. We have a daily town
hall meeting at two p.m. Dinner is five to six, and then at night, they also ask that we test
our temperatures by ourselves with the thermometers
that we have been given and then record those and
any potential symptoms also into our daily log. – After being in quarantine in China where we weren’t allowed
to leave our rooms, this has been a nice change, because not only are we
allowed to leave our rooms, we get to leave the
hotel and actually walk on the grounds of the hotel, which there’s a lot of greenery
and grass and palm trees, so that’s really nice
to be able to go outside and feel the wind and the sun, and there’s a lot of kids
running around playing. However, we are not allowed to go further than the hotel grounds. There’s donations of toys for the kids and they’ve been holding these
lawn games, they call it, so soccer and football drills and also, essentially, boot camp classes. Folks here are kind of nervous, because some people from
my evacuation flight are currently in the hospital being tested for the coronavirus. (quietly tense electronic music) – We got word here that
one of the evacuees on the first flight into San Diego had tested positive for coronavirus. The reaction here was, basically, a lot of concern, a lot of questions, particularly because this patient had tested negative initially,
returned to the compound, and then tested positive and
was returned to the hospital. The CDC says that they
isolated the patient from the time that she returned so that there was no risk
to any other residents here. Some of the residents here are now asking for everyone to be tested
for the coronavirus and also for people to be
confined to their rooms. – People here at Travis
were already quite anxious about socializing with each other. Most people are keeping to themselves, but after that news came out, they are on heightened alert. I think there’s a lot of questions, whether it’s a good idea to keep having outdoor group activities
like exercise classes or letting the kids play
soccer or football together. (pleasant electronic music) So a quarantine of this scale in the United States is very unusual. The CDC folks here told me that the last time we had
this kind of mass quarantine of a population was in the 1950s, and there really hasn’t
been anything like this in the U.S. for decades. During this outbreak, the U.S. government has evacuated about 800 American citizens and their families from Wuhan and put them under quarantine. Now that’s a reasonably
controlled population, but in China, we see that they’ve put about 60 million people under
lockdown, under quarantine, and a quarantine of that
size is without precedent. There’s never been a
quarantine that size before, and it remains to be seen
whether a strategy like that is successful or not.
(echoing electronic tones)


  • Reply Saarthak Khanna February 14, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Came quicker than the virus

  • Reply Guo Yuhao February 14, 2020 at 5:02 pm


  • Reply Infinity February 14, 2020 at 5:02 pm


  • Reply Graham Ward February 14, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Lets pray for them

  • Reply Sagar Barot February 14, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    This is how it should be .. learn from the Americans …that's what China does …and we Indians market it …

  • Reply David Tan February 14, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    This is like staying in a resort compared to people in Wuhan, China

  • Reply Roja Janeman February 14, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Hope all goes well and ur free soon.

  • Reply Ashraf Mohamed February 14, 2020 at 5:08 pm


  • Reply Pawan Kumar February 14, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    What would be the unofficial figure of deaths in China due to this virus? Surely not what the Chinese government officially says.

  • Reply Aarav Gupta February 14, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Coronavirus ain’t a joke

  • Reply Jetstom Jetstom February 14, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    “There is an ancient Chinese saying ,if it’s good news overstate it and if it’s bad news understated it (like Coronavirus) .Actually I just made that up.“- Xi Jinping

  • Reply Jetstom Jetstom February 14, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Coronavirus-Gate is the worse coverup since Watergate except it has contributed to the deaths of over 1500 people and counting

  • Reply S500 Triumph February 14, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    The Pentagon and Center for Disease Control are the biggest threats to mankind because they are constantly tweaking the genetic make up of already potent viruses to make them able to spread faster and have more severe symptoms. The motive is both financial through production and sales of vaccines as well as desire for biological weapons

  • Reply MsSunhappy February 14, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Nice holiday you all got.

  • Reply Kent Woodard February 14, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Id be more worried about getting diabetes from all that sugar they are giving them.

  • Reply S500 Triumph February 14, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Western media obsession with terrorism and viruses needs to be scrutinized very carefully

  • Reply J. S. February 14, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    The thing I want to see is how Americans vs Germans vs Chinese are billed for “treatment” when this virus has run its course and all is said and done.

    Also, we know that quarantined Germans will have a job to return to and likely will be given formal leave to recover, but the average American would be fired or quickly pushed out via “elimination of their position” or Lay-off. Let’s be real, being formally quarantined, as an American citizen, is near guaranteed financial, career and social suicide.

    My bet?

    Treatment of this virus will bankrupt a number of Americans whom will be wishing they had died instead, with an equal amount of relieved Germans across the ocean thanking their government, public health agency and healthcare industry for such swift intervention.

  • Reply prince kumar February 14, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Just I want to Lough
    Who Want lough with me.

  • Reply Marius M February 14, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    insufferable woman with shrill cartoon voices – your lucky. imagine being still in China.

  • Reply Влад Буш February 14, 2020 at 5:56 pm

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  • Reply K B February 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    I think.. Only way China can control the spread is to tell people to stay in their home and should only contact health officials if symptoms occur and health persons go to that place and take that person with symptoms to higher treatment Centre..if we do like this we can control the disease in 4 weeks which include its incubation period .. But now China is doing opposite taking all persons with symptoms from hospitals but they would have spread the disease before coming to hospital.. More crowding more spread.. And food should be provided by government to people home for that 4 weeks and other countries should come forward to supply food and protective equipments.. So we can stop it in 4 weeks.. It has to be done like war time measures no one should come out of their home but food will be provided only persons who report symptoms health workers pick them from their home for higher treatment.. Hope corona stops soon 😐

  • Reply Robin February 14, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    I'd rather have a girlfriend with full blown corona virus than vocal fry.

  • Reply Jj Gogojag February 14, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Very interesting. I still don't think we should mix the military with these unusual diseases. Seperate areas period. Special military teams only. Should build separate quarantine housing that are flexible in size. Make them sustainable too while your at it. Innovative. Thanks

  • Reply Dr.Jekyll February 14, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Meanwhile in China 🇨🇳

  • Reply Carolyn Wolf February 14, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Its like a rehab

  • Reply boom suga February 14, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    National guards “in case got make a run for it.” You’re treated like an animal in America

  • Reply mike dike February 14, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    the west is the best

  • Reply Whole Food Plant-Based Man February 14, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    So, ummm, it just takes a virus to get a hotel like that. Noted.

  • Reply Tian February 14, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Americans you’ll be fine your GOV has the Vaccine!
    Heard of VX, America’s BIO weapon

  • Reply Lita Zo February 14, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    I Love the VOICE of the girl in specs

  • Reply Mouse Lord February 14, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    0:54 so how are they eating candy when they are supposed to be wearing masks?

  • Reply Xion Plague February 14, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Its just a flu bro ha ha

  • Reply Ushsh SHhs February 14, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Man this USA bio weapon seems to be doing its purpose and destabilizing China pretty well well done Washington DC

  • Reply TheIxtlan February 14, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    I heared there is a outbreak of corona virus here in USA. It's in California.

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  • Reply Joe Nooze February 14, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Are you aware, they, bureaucrats, allowed a entire cruise ship, with exposed passengers, disembark in Newark, n j, as in next to New York city!
    Lots of promotions in store for this level of incompetence.

  • Reply Joe Nooze February 14, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Since they don't know if it's spread through aerosol on the wind.
    I can see that it's a real good idea to allow you people to roam around.
    The experts are treating this as a minor distraction !!!

  • Reply don February 14, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Why they gotta come to San Diego for 😐

  • Reply EdgyGazelle February 14, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    I feel like this is a video for people coming to America

  • Reply wrink February 14, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    And the study just released saying quarantines may not be good enough to contain the spread. Plus if people are passing the virus at a staggered rate. Some people may get out positive without symptoms until a week after or so. Especially when the test results, as far as we know, can produce false negatives at a high rate. The way they are handling this is pure stupidity if I had to say.

  • Reply Black Vito - Moneyology February 14, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    CDC where you at cuh

  • Reply Jelton Inc. February 14, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    This all looks like propaganda. “Oh look, you get the virus and stay in a hotel! Not a fema death camp! A hotel! WE PROMISE

  • Reply Gavan the greatest February 14, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Well happy valintines day

  • Reply Hman February 14, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Leave her there for awhile because she talks way too much.

  • Reply Flora A February 14, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    The coast guard is protecting us FROM you.

  • Reply SandboxArrow February 14, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Gay food!

  • Reply glaco February 14, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Great news! Hopefully the numbers keep going up at the same rate, if we’re lucky it’ll increase faster. Praying that this is the case! God bless

  • Reply A Murica February 14, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Such incomplete reporting. 11 airports in America are still accepting flights from China/Hong Kong. Unless people show symptoms AND/ admit to visiting hubei area recently, they can merely self-quaratine.

    Everyone flying in is a legal American citizen, but this can include very rich Chinese who bought their way into holding American citizenship for them and their family members. Via the eb-5 via program. Many had to have been in China for the New Year celebrations and now are returning. Why isn't anyone reporting on the fact theat people are flying on planes that are repeatedly landing and taking off from shanghai, (on soft lockdown) beijing, and hong kong?

  • Reply Kawa King February 14, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    First tested Negative & then tested Positive even though person was under quarantine between first & second test. How then did they get the virus?

  • Reply Mojave4ever February 14, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Maybe they edited it out…but I didn't hear anything that would resemble gratitude. Returning was not compulsory.

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