Joe Doakes emails from Como Park:
I had an appointment at Health Partners yesterday. First question the receptionist asked: “Have you traveled outside the country in the last two weeks?”
Why does it matter if I went anywhere? I live in Minnesota, home to the largest tuberculosis outbreak in the nation, centered in the Hmong population, and the largest measles outbreak in the nation, centered in the Somali population. There’s nothing to stop somebody from Madagascar, home to the largest outbreak of antibiotic resistant plague in the world, from coming here and bringing the disease along.
I don’t need to travel outside the country to encounter deadly infectious disease. I have free delivery, all over town. And if I don’t like it, the Governor said I can leave.