Jan 21, 2020

Axios PM

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 498 words, a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: Coronavirus reaches America

Chinese children wear protective masks as they wait to board trains in Beijing. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Coronavirus has officially reached America, prompting the U.S. to create a "funneling" system to ward off an outbreak.

Why it matters: "News of the first case in the United States comes amid growing evidence that the virus spreads from person to person, although it is not clear how easily," the N.Y. Times notes.

  • The CDC has added Chicago and Atlanta as screening airports for passengers from Wuhan, China, joining San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.

The U.S. resident had visited Wuhan and arrived in Seattle on Jan. 15 via an indirect flight to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Axios' Eileen Drage O'Reilly reports.

  • After falling ill with pneumonia symptoms on Jan. 19 and seeing news reports, he entered himself into Providence Medical Center, where he was isolated. He is doing well now.
  • The patient reports he had not visited the seafood market implicated in the origination of the virus and was not in contact with anyone he knew was ill.
  • People he's had contact with recently are being traced now and will be monitored, the CDC says.

The big picture: Other patients have been confirmed in Wuhan, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, as well as Taiwan, Japan, Thailand and South Korea.

  • China suggested travel restrictions for anyone ill, and it confirmed close to 300 patients Tuesday night, although the Imperial College London issued a Jan. 17 report saying it estimates that 1,723 people had onset of symptoms in Wuhan by Jan. 12.

What's next: The World Health Organization is holding an emergency committee meeting tomorrow in Geneva to determine whether the outbreak "constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, and what recommendations should be made to manage it."

Bonus: Pics du jour
Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Above: Senate staffers carry boxes to the U.S. Capitol.

  • In the chamber, desks were covered in papers and notepads, including booklets with evidence produced during the impeachment investigation, Axios' Alayna Treene reports from the Capitol.
  • Many of the senators scribbled handwritten notes throughout, and only water and milk (yes, milk) were allowed.
  • To get around the rule of silence, some senators were caught flashing each other notes.
  • Spotted in the audience: Alyssa Milano and former Sen. Jeff Flake.
  • GOP Reps. Mark Meadows, Lee Zeldin and Louie Gohmert came in partway through and sat in the back on the Senate floor.

Below: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.).

Photo: Senate Television via Getty Images
2. What you missed
  1. Hillary Clinton said "nobody likes" Sen. Bernie Sanders and "nobody wants to work with him." Go deeper.
  2. Brazilian prosecutors charged journalist Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes. Go deeper.
  3. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pledged to start a task force if elected to investigate possible corruption by members of the Trump administration. Go deeper.
  4. Starbucks hopes to cut carbon emissions from its operations and huge supply chain by 50% by 2030. Go deeper.
  5. The Athletic has raised $50 million in a Series D funding round that values the company at roughly $500 million. Go deeper.
3. 1 new book

Cover: Flatiron Books via AP

Jeanine Cummins’ “American Dirt" is Oprah Winfrey’s new pick for her book club, the AP reports.

  • “American Dirt,” published today, tells of a bookstore owner in Acapulco, Mexico, who loses much of her family to a murderous drug cartel and flees north on a terrifying journey with her 8-year-old son.

Worthy of your time.