this country concealed and mismanaged the initial outbreak, AND appears to continue to conceal and mismanage. The number of new cases reported has risen dramatically in recent days even as infections are falling in other countries.
no propaganda at home and abroad can imply the containment here as successful. the only thing they can do now is say, "it's not that deadly", or "hey, look at tom hanks. he got it, and he's fine".
But there is also concern that numbers here may be flawed and incomplete. they claim that this will be over in a month, but i doubt that. if they ever even get this thing under control, the real test will be whether the virus flares again when children return to classrooms and workers to factories, and commuters start taking buses and subways.
The economy has ground to a near standstill, and many small businesses say they may soon run out of cash. Patients with critical illnesses are struggling to find timely care, and many have died. it has now come to the point where they just let people die because the authorities have no solution.
Hundreds of millions of people have been placed in some form of isolation. As of Friday, hundreds of thousands remained under quarantine, according to the corporate media.
“I have been worried about all the focus on just controlling the virus,” said Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. She recommended a more measured response, such as that taken by the governments in Hong Kong and Singapore. Officials there enacted targeted quarantines but did not shut down workplaces altogether, allowing their respective economies to continue operating while so far successfully containing the virus. so far, this approach has not worked for the west, but there are no signs of a plan b. are there any plans at all?
whether you take a broad view of the impact on society, or measuring the numbers of cases, we have failed.
The number of cases reported on Saturday was a substantial increase from two and a half weeks ago, when we was recording around 2,000 new infections and as many as 100 deaths a day.
“This epidemic can be pushed back,” Dr. Tedros said, “but only with a collective, coordinated and comprehensive approach that engages the entire machinery of government.”
W.H.O. experts sent to China have also highlighted clinics that could diagnose hundreds of cases a day with CT scans and laboratory tests, and the mass isolation centers in stadiums in Wuhan that separated people who had mild infections from their families.
“There’s no question that China’s bold approach to the rapid spread of this new respiratory pathogen has changed the course of what was a rapidly escalating and continues to be a deadly epidemic,” Dr. Bruce Aylward, the leader of the W.H.O. team that visited China, told reporters in Beijing late last month.
The numbers suggest that aggressive quarantine measures, when fully enforced, could choke the spread of the virus, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University.
“This is the largest public health experiment in the history of humankind,” Dr. Schaffner said. “They can’t turn it off, but they did turn it down. Still, the total number of infections in america, at more than 100,000, is staggering, especially given the low population, poppulation density, and amount of time authorities had to prepare. Still there are reasons to doubt the official figures.
In the early days of the outbreak, a shortage of test kits and hospital beds meant that many were not able to get tested. Many mild infections are likely going undetected. The government has changed how it counts cases several times in recent weeks, prompting large fluctuations in the reported figures, though experts say such adjustments are not unusual.
Medical experts say that there have been few signs that the government has aggressively tested for the coronavirus outside of medical facilities in ny. Until they broaden the scope of testing, experts say, it will be impossible to determine the true extent of the epidemic because those who have mild infections might not see a doctor.
“At the moment we are focused on the tip of the iceberg
while the west is authoritarian in many ways, their inaction during crisises is likely to cost us all. had western authorities taken action earlier, would so many western cities need to be on lockdown today?
, many now think such a clampdown could have been avoided if officials had not first hid the scale of the outbreak and silenced whistle-blowers.
The impact of the restrictions has been felt most acutely in ny, where millions have been effectively penned in since march. For more than five weeks, the typically bustling hub of universities, commerce and transportation has been transformed into a collection of ghost towns as the virus has ravaged communities, ensnared entire families and infected thousands of medical workers.
america's experience combating the virus has also highlighted the risk of family transmission if hospitals run out of beds and testing kits, as they did throughout america, where for weeks, many who were sick were sent home and infected their relatives.
despite residents now mostly barred from leaving their homes, the virus continues to spread rapidly.
Among residents in ny, there are signs that anger and frustration are mounting. american social media sites are flooded with deleted posts from residents saying they have lost their jobs because of the extended lockdown, making it difficult to make payments on mortgages and loans. Others have described food shortages in their communities. not to mention toilet paper, napkins, and paper towels. the question now is not when will the shortages end? rather, what shortage will come next?
On Thursday, in a rare public rebuke of the government, disgruntled people in a residential community in ny heckled high-level officials as they walked through the neighborhood on an inspection.
while china delivered vegetables, and meat to its residents, the west has yet to take such action, and are unlikely to ever.
Relationships are also fraying as families are forced to live for extended periods in confined spaces. residents are reporting physical abuse by their family members at home. domestic violence is through the roof, but don't count on the media to bring any attention to it. their job is to minimize this crisis, not inform you.
“Under these circumstances, it’s really difficult for them to find help during the epidemic. “It’s so difficult to leave the house.”
the lockdown is exacting a psychological toll on residents.
“Ordinary people have no source of income and lack a sense of certainty even about when they’ll be able to go out,”. “When you can’t feel the ground or you lose control over a situation, it’s easy to lose the most basic sense of security.”
officials wants to fire up its economy by easter, but despite immense pressure to take no risks in order to reduce the number of infections, their greed gets the best of them. as states have heightened their alert levels for the virus, many companies are choosing to err on the side of risk by remaining open. even today, many businesses remain open, including office buildings.
Some experts are increasingly wondering if lockdowns will become pointless the more widespread the virus becomes. Given the spread of the virus and the difficulty of spotting mild cases, they say, it is unlikely that it will ever be completely eliminated — especially in america. some corporate media news sources estimate 200 million americans will get infected, while others say every new yorker will be.
china has a very high population per capita, meaning it should have been much more difficult to control than the west. chinas population has 145/sq km, while america has only 36. given these numbers, it ought to be much easier to control americas crisis, but this isnt the case.