One of the big problems is the right-wing thought that partial, citizen-based travel bans are all that government could have done. Here are the things that they should have been doing: Making sure that we had testing capacity to test and isolate this at the hot spots that would inevitably develop. Prepare people for long shut downs being possible in those areas and that those areas would be treated as disasters essentially. Prepare for controls on domestic travel early on when it would still matter. These efforts should have been focused on international travel hubs, especially areas with exposure to Asian travel (New York, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, maybe Dallas, Salt Lake City, Detroit, Houston, and Phoenix). Advice to close major events (Mardi Gras, conventions, sport events, etc.). The early goal should have been containment. Instead, it was on ignoring the problem and hoping it would go away with a couple of PR moves designed to make the country divide into the proper camps. A half measure that was only useful as a PR tool rather than as an actual policy to control disease spread.