San Francisco Chinatown was founded long ago, but has many new immigrants from China, who may still have family back home.
The video says that “Pelosi wanted to show that it’s perfectly safe to be here” (in SF Chinatown). Human-to-human transmission was already known to be occurring in the United States. Pelosi has lots of children and grandchildren, so she should know basics of contagious disease, and she probably would have had some special briefings, as US House Speaker. But, she’s up for re-election (or not) this year.
“Speaker Pelosi Visits SF’s Chinatown To Show Support Amid Coronavirus Fears”
On January 31, 2020, Trump’s “Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus” said: “The CDC has confirmed that the virus has spread between two people in the United States, representing the first instance of person-to-person transmission of the virus within the United States. The CDC, along with state and local health departments, has limited resources and the public health system could be overwhelmed if sustained human-to-human transmission of the virus occurred in the United States. Sustained human-to-human transmission has the potential to have cascading public health, economic, national security, and societal consequences.” https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-2019-novel-coronavirus/
On February 27, 2020, Pelosi said: “I had the privilege on Monday of having a walk through Chinatown. I always love to go there. I feel very proud of it. I always feel very privileged to – and say, ‘Oh, my poor colleagues when they come home, they don’t have the advantage of this beautiful diversity that I have in my district.’
But, sadly, Chinatown is being very hard hit by the lack of tourism and the rest, of the coronavirus. So a number of us went there – many press came, too – to see us go to temple, light the candle, have lunch, dim sum that was, go visit and make fortune cookies in a fortune cookie factory.
By the way, the fortune cookie machine, which is fabulous, is made in America, and fortune cookies are an American phenomenon. It’s not something you really find in China, or at least it didn’t begin there.
In any event, in the shops and all the rest, to show confidence, not fear, in terms of the virus.
So, again, in every way, we want to be fully prepared, but not panicking or fearful of what is happening. “ https://web.archive.org/web/20200820235048/https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/22720-2
“Families live jammed into Chinatown rooms, with no hope of leaving” By Katherine Kam, New America Media Nov. 29, 2015 Updated: Nov. 30, 2015 9:35 a.m. https://web.archive.org/web/20190319134112/https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Families-live-jammed-into-Chinatown-rooms-with-6663902.php
“cases among residents and staff at residential hotels have soared 1,888% since April 1. There were 179 cases as of Monday.” See: “SF brings testing to Chinatown SRO to try to prevent outbreaks at crowded hotels” By Anna Bauman May 22, 2020 Updated: May 22, 2020 7:06 p.m. https://web.archive.org/web/20200830123120/https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/SF-brings-testing-to-Chinatown-SRO-to-try-to-15290079.php