The Miami Herald’s report — highlighting why the leaders allowed their cruise lines to sail on despite clear signs that coronavirus was spreading — is an eye opener.

While the rest of the world watched the coronavirus consume China — still believing it was just a flu — the cruise industry had a front-row seat to the catastrophic reality.

In mid-February, the largest coronavirus outbreak outside of China engulfed Carnival’s Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined in a Japanese port. Hundreds fell sick. At least eight people died.

In response, companies restricted boarding to exclude people who had recently traveled to China, Hong Kong and Macau. But the industry cruised on undeterred.