“China has continued to run a global disinformation campaign to deflect blame for the outbreak of the pandemic and improve its international image,” the initial report said. “Both overt and covert tactics have been observed.” __ NYT
Careful timelines of the Wuhan virus pandemic make at least three things clear:
Based on these and other documented facts, the European Union prepared a report that correctly blamed Beijing for loosing the Wuhan coronavirus on the rest of the world. But then communist China objected to the language in the report, and the EU relented in fear.
Bowing to heavy pressure from Beijing, European Union officials softened their criticism of China this week in a report documenting how governments push disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, according to documents, emails and interviews.
Worried about the repercussions, European officials first delayed and then rewrote the document in ways that diluted the focus on China, a vital trading partner — taking a very different approach than the confrontational stance adopted by the Trump administration.
… China moved quickly to block the document’s release, and the European Union pulled back. The report had been on the verge of publication, until senior officials ordered revisions to soften the language. __ NYT
Across the western world, reactions to the Wuhan virus pandemic have been based on fear and panic, rather than a reasoned and measured response. One might begin to wonder how much of the world will be left at the end of this panic binge.
Thanks to lockdowns that were supposed to save the healthcare system, a significant part of the US hospital system is under threat of collapse. Is this an unintended consequence of the lockdowns, or were some of the lockdown-planners hoping that hospital systems would collapse along with a large part of the rest of the economy — so that the deep swamp of the federal government could swoop in “to the rescue?”
Some countries of Europe and elsewhere are contemplating plans for re-opening. The same is true for some US states.
Last week, several state governors announced they would allow shelter-in-place orders to expire either on or before April 30 with certain conditions in place to kickstart their stalled economies while keeping the virus at bay.
States preparing partial reopenings include Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Texas. __ https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/22/police-have-started-revolting-against-draconian-coronavirus-edicts-from-local-tyrants/
If that does not happen, large numbers of people will revolt, and re-open anyway. In such an event, it is likely that many law enforcement personnel would stand with the people — since the people who would be rebelling happen to ordinarily be among the few stalwart supporters of law enforcement.
Better Learn Your Lessons: The Next One May be Bad
Different people will learn different lessons from the Wuhan virus pandemic. Much depends on the result of November’s elections. But it is certainly true that those upon whose backs the American economy is built, will remember how readily their elected representatives and news media turned on them, and stripped them of their constitutional rights without so much as a “by your leave.”
The CDC director is threatening a simultaneous flu pandemic on top of a resurgent COVID-19 outbreak, next autumn. Is this a build-up to election shenanigans? Perhaps.
China is making PPE and selling it. But most of it is defective. Some of it may even be seeded with virus. Who knows, these days?
The Wuhan Virus and the Impoverished Third World
In Africa and much of the rest of the third world, they do not have the luxury of total shutdowns and gestapo style extreme social distancing. If these places suffer as badly as places like Italy and New York, who will help them with PPE and more ordinary necessities?
In Africa, COVID-19 cases have surged 43% in the past week to 26,000, according to John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The figures underscored a World Health Organization warning that the virus could kill more than 300,000 people in Africa and push 30 million into desperate poverty.
In Muslim communities, the pandemic was casting a shadow over the holy month of Ramadan — marked by daytime fasting, overnight festivities and communal prayer. Ramadan begins for the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims with this week’s new moon. Many Muslim leaders have closed mosques or banned collective evening prayer to ward off infections. The virus has already disrupted Christianity’s Holy Week, Judaism’s Passover, the Muslim hajj pilgrimage and other major religious events. __ Source
Remember, the virus is likely to stay in global circulation for a significant time, based upon its ready spread and its tendency to infect persons in asymptomatic fashion. In the long run, a million people may die of Wuhan CoV-19 — just as millions die of the flu — another serious virus.
We need better weapons to use against Wuhan CoV-19. Vaccines, antivirals, immune modulators, neutralizing antibodies etc. — and gene therapy. Yes, gene therapy.
Lessons to Learn
Wuhan CoV is a serious virus, just as influenza viruses and other coronaviruses are serious. They can all kill you. While dangerous viruses are circulating, it behooves us to take rational precautions.
- go to work
- stay away from crowds
- maintain a 2 meter distance
- wash your hands
- wear a mask in public
- don’t touch your face
- don’t shake hands
- keep public surfaces clean/disinfected
- wear cotton gloves in public
In the grocery store:
Rational social distancing and personal protection just makes sense, as we have been saying. Total lockdowns do not make sense. The Gestapo must be destroyed before it destroys the rest of us.