ENGEL: I thought it was pretty clear early on that this was going to be a major story with global implications. We decided several weeks ago to put this hour together because as it was spreading in China, as China was putting very severe restrictions in place on people’s travel and quarantine, I thought, ‘What do they know? Why are they so concerned about this? Why is China imposing these draconian measures and taking such severe action?’ … We decided early on we should do this. We should try and explain this as an hour, and do it in a way that is not just a bunch of health officials … but to go to the places to see how it’s impacting the economy, the frontline care workers, the people in the local communities, to try to get a sense of what this virus is, how deadly it is, and what can be done to contain it, and what are going to be the political and economic consequences of it.
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