Don’t Touch Your Face

Don’t Touch Your Face: Biosecurity and Borders

A health worker wears a protective suit as he screens bus passengers near the Czech border in Gorzyczki, Poland, on March 10.
A health worker wears a protective suit as he screens bus passengers near the Czech border in Gorzyczki, Poland, on March 10. Omar Marques/Getty Images

On today’s podcast: We look at how countries are using borders as their first line of defense

Beginning midnight on Friday, travelers from 26 European countries will be banned from entering the United States as the country seeks to shield itself from outbreaks in Europe. (The ban does not apply to U.S. citizens or permanent residents, but they will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.) 

On today’s episode, we take a look into the future and ask, what happens if some countries are able to contain or eradicate their outbreaks—while it runs rampant in others? Will travel bans become the way of the future?

Don’t Touch Your Face hosts James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon are joined by the security technologist Bruce Schneir, a fellow and lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

About Don’t Touch Your Face:  On the last day of 2019, China reported an unusual outbreak in Wuhan, a port city with a population of 11 million. Within two months, the disease would spread to almost every continent on the globe and kill thousands of people. From Foreign Policy, a podcast about the extent of the COVID-19 contagion, the threat it poses, and what countries are doing to contain it. Join FP’s James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon as they track the spread of the virus and explore what it means for people’s everyday lives. Have a coronavirus question for us to explore? Email it to  See All Episodes

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