SARS, The Beijing Flu, Avian Flu and Coronavirus - Why Does China Keep Giving the World Dangerous Pandemics?

in #health4 years ago (edited)

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The global map of coronavirus as of yesterday

It's a difficult time for the world right now. It often is. But this time it's a difficult period for different reasons. This time the world is fighting a common enemy - coronavirus. It's as though the world has united to fight hostile aliens and this new enemy requires us all to work together in solidarity to defeat it. We are literally all in it together.

What makes coronavirus different?

We've been here before with SARS and other viruses that have originated in China. However, with coronavirus things are different. The impact globally has been far worse than many of us anticipated when we learnt of the outbreak in China in January. Far more people outside of China have been infected with this virus and the global transmission rate is increasing daily. Governments all over the world are now scrambling to contain and combat the illness, with the US President Donald Trump now banning all travel from Europe. The effort governments are adopting is quite extraordinary and we haven't see anything like this before. Although most people who contract the virus will survive the virus is a very real and serious threat, especially for older people or anyone with underlying health conditions. The negative impact on the markets and the financial cost of the virus is also colossal. Even crypto has been significantly affected. Take a look at the price of Bitcoin right now, you'll see what I mean.

So why does China keep experiencing these epidemics?

Why are these viruses originating in China? I have no answer that explains fully why China has been the epicentre for these pandemics. I dare say a huge population, poverty and living conditions in parts of the country have combined to play a role. You see China is a tale of two stories played out far more starkly than in other countries. On the one hand China is a very rich country producing more and more millionaires each year as its economy continues to grow and dominate the global economy. But on the other hand China suffers with a lot of impoverished communities and poverty is rife in certain areas of the country. Poverty is often the backdrop for poorer standards in healthcare and hygiene.

Did China's dangerous obsession with secrecy make coronavirus worse?

Yes. Another factor to consider when discussing China is its quasi communist government. More importantly the government's obsession with secrecy and the suppression of news and information. Many people believe this made the entire situation in China much worse. The Chinese regime seeks to control all public information and it is very active in policing the internet. Although progress in opening up China has been made in recent decades the flow of data and news in the country is still very different from the West. Obtaining the truth in China can often be a very difficult task. Many believe that this commitment to secrecy has significantly made the coronavirus outbreak much worse. Had details surrounding the virus been allowed to freely circulate around the country without censorship at the start this outbreak could have been made easier to manage and lives saved. Very importantly the spread of the virus to other regions and the wider world might have been less worse or even avoided.

Should China now face global demands to improve their viral prevention and containment practices?

In short - absolutely. China has now had four major virus epidemics in the country, all have turned into pandemics. It's obviously not any one individual's fault of course as to why these things happen but the Chinese government needs to do more. It's almost as though China experiences viral epidemics on a cyclical basis now, therefore they have a responsibility to their citizens and the wider world to start introducing measures that will prevent these outbreaks from occurring in the first instance, and when they do to have a prepared plan of defence to contain the outbreak. If they don't start to seriously introduce new measures then it is down to other governments in other countries to persuade China to do so and if they don't then sanctions should be imposed on China.

Is there a duty on China to pay global reparations for the coronavirus outbreak?

No there isn't. However, given that this is now the fourth serious virus outbreak China has experienced that has go ont to develop into a global pandemic perhaps there is a reasonable argument for China to provide financial reparations for the global devastation it has caused. It might seem harsh and it might be an unpopular matter to discuss but the damage to people, families and livelihoods across the world is considerable. And as this is now a pattern of events it is probably only a matter of time before China causes the world another crisis with another viral outbreak.

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China is presently suffering the SARS2 epidemic, two different kinds of bird flu that are decimating their ducks and chickens, swine flu that has taken out more than 25% of the global pig population, all in China, and the largest plague of locusts in modern history.

I don't think they're able to make reparations to anyone presently, and reckon they'll be lucky to avoid mass starvation.

Thanks!

Mass starvation in a country as rich as China?

The people can't eat Renminbi. The whole planet has been hit with terrible harvests in 2019, and China is getting hit horribly hard in the breadbasket by multiple plagues at once just at the beginning of a grand solar minimum. The US is buying corn from Brazil. India is having riots because of a lack of onions. Soy, beets, wheat, on and on. It's so bad that the cartels in Mexico are taking over avocado farms by force.

Yes, a country rich as China can suffer starvation. It's happened to China before, and its happened throughout history to the greatest empires on Earth, every time a grand solar minimum comes around. ~1100 BCE, IIRC, the Bronze Age civilizations collapsed from Egypt to Greece, From the Aegean to the Persian Gulf, and beyond. It's difficult to state with confidence the exact reasons this happened, but hunger did play a part, and so did plagues.

What really bothers me about the end of the Bronze Age is that war played a terrible part in that collapse. When empires fall, they never do so peacefully.

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