Could China have done more?
After over twenty days since I first heard of this ‘deadly’ virus spreading across China, the world continues to look in horror and the situation shows no signs of improvement. Those that tried to alert others in the beginning were silenced or even ‘quarantined’ accused of spreading rumours and scare-mongering.
They were simply trying to let people know.
We saw countless videos of crowded hospitals, patients visibly in distress alongside the deceased in the same wards and corridors.
There were disturbing images of people being ‘sealed’ into their homes as the authorities tried their best to enforce the lock-down.
If you try to speak to anybody about this in the West though, they all seem to think that this is just a problem in China, they are very sympathetic but they are pretty sure that the virus will not reach them. Many believe that the virus only effects people of a certain ethnicity, so they are perfectly safe.
Isn’t this a bit naive?
Most people seem to think that this is just like the regular flu, or even that regular flu is worse, because 30,000 Americans die of it a year. I have never seen people walking around in hazmat suits for regular flu. Even if this is a kind-of-regular-flu — imagine the impact of this one — on top of the regular one.
The information we are getting is almost contradictory. All smoke and mirrors
However, according to the latest data, it may already be here.
It is now believed that the virus is aerosolized meaning that it basically sits in the air like hairspray or deodorant does, and lingers. This is a bit of a game changer, and could show clearly that China had no idea what it was dealing with in the beginning. If we look at it from that angle we can actually see that they did all they could.
With regards to airport screenings, it is almost impossible to detect in some carriers. Many are asymptomatic and are basically, unwittingly, spreading the disease. So they are not going to present with a fever and may never even feel ill.
Yet still, the rest of the world does not seem to be too bothered or taking any precautions. They don’t seem to realize what this could mean. It is almost like they are blind to it all. People on social media exchange funny memes about it and mock others that show concern.
“When Dr.” Li Wenliang warned about the spread of the virus in China, could it be that he was silenced to avoid panic?”.”
In reality, what precautions can be taken at this point? One of the main things is not to cause panic. Should the entire world go on lock-down? Will people start panic buying and running for the hills?(spreading the silent virus as they go?)
If people are told of the potential danger of this virus yet still refuse to believe it, we have the opposite of what happened in China. Everybody is being informed, but still they pay no attention. Refusal to believe.
The government still continues to say there is no need for concern, just use sanitizer and don’t even bother about a mask. Yet those guys in Wuhan are suited up! They are spraying the air. We have all seen this, it is on the news in full view. I fear their next challenge will be fires…
Three weeks ago I was telling people that this virus looked dangerous, I even joined a Facebook group to find out more — they ended up making me a moderator. As I have learned more, I am reluctant to tell people the truth, the things I know. I have been involved in this for nearly 3 weeks, and for some people I can see is just too much to take in.
I fear we are about to witness something similar, in the ‘Free world’. People will be silenced and censored. It is already happening on Facebook and Twitter. If you search for information related to the virus, the search results are limited, they are also censoring the information we are getting and people are not even noticing, how they have not yet declared this a pandemic, I have no idea.
What’s the feeling about all this where you are?