Chinese scientists announced the discovery of coronavirus traces in the fecal matter of some infected patients. They are suggesting the possibility of fecal-oral transmission, perhaps helping to explain how the virus could spread so quickly in the city of Wuhan, or aboard a luxury cruise liner like the Diamond Princess.
Health authorities had previously thought the main ways the disease was spread was through respiratory droplet transmission and contact, including touching the face after exposure to a surface containing the virus.
… The presence of the 2019 coronavirus RNA, or ribonucleic acid – a molecule that carries genetic codes in some viruses – indicates the disease may live in faeces, the Shenzhen Health Commission said in a statement on Saturday. __ 2 March 2020 SCMP
Today’s total case count for Singapore is 108, Hong Kong reports 100 total cases, Taiwan reports 41 total cases.
Meanwhile, the communist party government of China has begun using Uyghur political prisoners as slave labor in Nike factories to produce your shoes. Nike is not the only guilty party, of course. Read on:
The Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority1 citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen.
… Companies using forced Uyghur labour in their supply chains could find themselves in breach of laws which prohibit the importation of goods made with forced labour or mandate disclosure of forced labour supply chain risks.9 The companies listed in this report should conduct immediate and thorough human rights due diligence on their factory labour in China, including robust and independent social audits and inspections. It is vital that through this process, affected workers are not exposed to any further harm, including involuntary transfers. __ https://www.aspi.org.au/report/uyghurs-sale
The long-term impact of novel coronavirus on communist party controlled China has just begun to be tallied, but the final report is not likely to be received well in Beijing. For over 30 years, foreign investors and multi-national corporations have set China up as the world’s factory hub for manufacturing of all kinds. Companies such as Apple, BMW, Gap, Nike, Sony, Volkswagen, and thousands of others, re-located factory lines from their home countries to communist China — resulting in the loss of millions of jobs back home, while China’s government officials and connected elites acquired large nest eggs. Is China’s happy convergence coming to an end?
The most frightening aspect of this crisis is not the short-term economic damage it is causing, but the potential long-lasting disruption to supply chains, Shehzad H. Qazi, the managing director of China Beige Book, wrote in Barron’s on Friday.
… Shipping and logistics companies have reported higher closure rates than the national average. “The ripple effects of this severe disruption will be felt through the global auto parts, electronics, and pharmaceutical supply chains for months to come,” he wrote.
… China is losing its prowess as the only game in town for whatever widget one wants to make…
…The coronavirus is China’s swan song. There is no way it can be the low-cost, world manufacturer anymore. Those days are coming to an end. If Trump wins re-election, it will only speed up this process as companies will fear what happens if the phase two trade deal fails. __ https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2020/03/01/coronavirus-could-be-the-end-of-china-as-global-manufacturing-hub/#3958830c5298
That is why China cannot allow Trump to be re-elected, if it can possibly finagle any other outcome. And sure enough, working through media proxies and foreign political allies, China is pulling a lot of strings to try to change its dismal future.
When in January of this year President Trump rapidly instituted a travel ban on people journeying from infected regions of China, his Democratic Party opposition (and the lap-dog press) immediately went ballistic.
President Trump understood early the need for decisive measures such as travel restrictions on China, which he imposed in January.
Yet for that sensible decision — in defiance of the World Health Organization — he was criticized by Democrats such as Joe Biden as xenophobic, and by China as racist.
“This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia — hysterical xenophobia — and fearmongering,” said Biden the day after the travel restrictions were imposed.
CNN ran a story warning that “the US coronavirus travel ban could backfire” and have the effect of “stigmatizing countries and ethnicities.”
The Chinese Communist Party’s official mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, called the ban “racist.”
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned it would increase “fear and stigma, with little public health benefit.” __ NYP
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York state immediately blasted Trump publicly on twitter for restricting China travel, but later deleted his tweet when his staff must have realized how ridiculous it made the senator look.
Both the media and the political opposition have been trying to use Covid19 virus to score as many points against Trump as possible. The media has also been trying to drum up panic, to draw more of the public to its coverage of the ongoing global outbreak.
As the coronavirus has spread globally, fearful shoppers have stripped stores bare and caused a worldwide shortage of protective face masks. To what degree do the media deserve scrutiny for the role their wall-to-wall, end-of-days coverage may have played in fomenting this sort of panic?
… the media’s wall-to-wall coverage of the coronavirus outbreak played a measurable role in driving public attention to the virus and likely worsening behaviors such as panic buying. The television media appear to have been late to the game, picking up on both the virus’ spread and the shortages of masks long after they were stories.
Most importantly, the strong association of coronavirus coverage with Donald Trump in the U.S. and the economy globally suggests the outbreak is being contextualized as a political and economic story — delivering a dose of panic in the process — rather than a public health emergency that requires clinical and dispassionate reporting. __ https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/03/02/media_coverage_and_coronavirus_panic_what_the_numbers_show_142539.html
These people are not behaving as responsible adults, dealing with a serious real-world problem that could use some sober, grown-up level attention. But then, when have they ever behaved responsibly in their entire lives?
With the outbreak of COVID-19, AKA “coronavirus,” Democrats [ed.: and media] have crossed the line from opportunists to provocateurs – actively trying to manufacture panic to aid their 2020 prospects. __ More
Such persons want you to believe them, respect them, and always to take them seriously. But how can you, when they behave this way every time one turns around?
They are shouting at you: “Panic, damn you!” But instead, you should look at the data objectively, and do what you see as the prudent thing.
In addition, hope for the best while making provisions for the worst. It is what we always say, and sometimes do. Finally, it is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .
Iran’s numbers cannot be trusted
South Korea has over 4,000 cases
EU officials continue to ponder best strategy
Business impacts on countries that are closely linked to China
Huge loss in export revenues expected for Africa
If the virus does take up residence in sub Saharan Africa, the region may become the global reservoir of infection — an honor that has heretofore been China’s.
Total number infected worldwide is anyone’s guess. And a lot of people are guessing.
China makes most of the world’s pharmaceuticals. Try not to get sick the rest of this year. And try to keep a cool head through it all.
Another good reason to buy New Balance shoes vs Nike
India and Africa could be in trouble in this case.