China’s Virus Containment Wins Praise

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NOTE: To put the new coronavirus in perspective, according to today’s Marketwatch: “The number of worldwide cases of COVID-19 continues to rise; there are now 80,238 cases in 34 countries and at least 2,700 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).” An article from several days ago in US News and World Report finds there have been 26 million cases of flu this year in the US alone, hospitalizing over 250,000 people and causing 14,000 deaths. Yet, the US media is attacking China over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak and there has not been any major mobilization in the US to limit the spread of the flu. – Margaret Flowers

Confronted with an “unprecedented” outbreak of the novel coronavirus, China has done a “remarkable” job in limiting the spread of the disease, said leading experts in the US.

“China has done extraordinary things to mostly contain the virus within Hubei and central China,” said Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, to China Daily. “They recognize their responsibility to the world as well as to the people of China and have worked hard to contain this virus.”

Hotez said that it’s “almost impossible” to contain a highly contagious virus, like the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), without a vaccine, but China has made progress.

China has reported a steady decline in the growth rates of confirmed infections, suspected cases and patients under medical observation, except for Hubei province, the epicenter of the epidemic.

“It’s pretty much unprecedented. No one has attempted something like this in history to my knowledge,” said Arthur Reingold, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Berkeley, referring to the China’s quarantine measures. “In many countries it would be impossible to even try.”

“It’s very difficult to sit somewhere else and say somebody would have done a better job. We just don’t have enough information to say that things might have gone faster. I’m not convinced to that,” Reingold told China Daily. “The willingness to use police and military and impose controls is perhaps stronger than in many countries, so I think what they are doing is remarkable.”

Reingold’s remarks were echoed by William Schaffner, medical director of the Washington-based National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and a professor at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.

He said China’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic has been “remarkable” in several respects. “The first, of course, was the response of the scientists, the molecular biologists who very quickly made the diagnosis of a novel coronavirus,” said Schaffner in a phone interview. “And then they sequenced the genome so very rapidly and precisely — and then shared that information with the world. That was just wonderful.”

“The Chinese government and the Ministry of Health then did something that has stunned the world,” he said. “I remain amazed at the very large quarantine that has been put in place in Wuhan and Hubei province. The goal of that was to reduce the spread of the virus.”

“No similar activity, no similar controlled measure of this size has ever been done in the history of the world,” said Schaffner. “So this is just an extraordinary attempt to limit the spread within China and to the rest of the world.”

He also stressed the importance of communication and international cooperation in tackling global health emergencies.

By working internationally with experts, any country can do a better job and learn about new infectious disease threats, said Schaffner, adding that scientists are still having a difficult time determining how effective the quarantine has been so far.

Recognizing the enormous pressure on the local healthcare system, Hotez said he feels very sad for the people of Wuhan and its surrounding area, which have suffered a lot because of the virus.

“As a physician-scientist, I’m inspired by the heroism of so many Chinese physicians, nurses and healthcare workers who have risked their lives in Wuhan and nearby cities. This is an inspiration for all us all,” said Hotez.

“In the memory of the Chinese doctors and healthcare workers who gave their lives to help others in this epidemic, we are dedicating our vaccine institute (Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development at Baylor College of Medicine) to developing coronavirus vaccines,” he said.

The institute is currently developing a second generation COVID-19 vaccine. It has manufactured a vaccine that was developed to combat SARS but an partially protect healthcare workers from COVID-19, according to Hotez.

“We could begin clinical testing in China if there’s interest,” he said.

  • voza0db

    And for those DELUDED that persist in negating REALITY… some fun info!

    The World Health Organization says the coronavirus isn’t yet a global pandemic. Bonds that insure against just such a catastrophe say that it probably is.

    The bonds, sold in 2017 by the World Bank to raise money for poor countries in a global pandemic, are quoted as much as 40% below their face value following coronavirus outbreaks in countries such as Iran and Italy, according to investors who own the securities.

    The riskier of two tranches of the securities, amounting to $95 million, would change hands for between 60 cents and 70 cents on the dollar, the investors said, asking not to be named because the information isn’t public. The safer $225-million portion is marked at just under face value.

    Nevertheless, the bonds pay fat coupons to compensate holders for these risks, even if they are unlikely to occur. The riskier notes pay more than 11% over 6-month Libor.


    LIBOR! The ultra-rigged tax rate!

    Please dear fellow slaves

  • Hey dB! 🙂
    It fascinates and appalls me to see how much propaganda is swirling around this virus. I concur and applaud the medical professionals in China who have done a superb job under the circumstances and have made extreme sacrifices that should not have been necessary. What I am not happy to see in this article is that applause is being given ‘again’ to the Chinese government for their response to the outbreak.

    Would people be applauding if they knew that quarantined people are starving?, if they knew they were being jailed for up to 15 years should they verbally disagree on social media with the way the Party’s handling of the crisis?, if they knew they were being welded into their dwellings?, if they knew that the numbers of dead and infected were under reported by a factor of 10 or more?, if they knew…
    Was quarantine necessary? Yes. Are the draconian tactics that treat people as expendable chattel necessary? No. This is a government that puts Party above People. The people of China deserve our empathy and aid; the government deserves the disdain of humanity.


    correction- the Chinese government deserves the disdain of capitalists, who are fast losing their grip on the world and getting more hysterical by the minute.

  • voza0db

    It seems to me that quarantine is not necessary in cases like these!

    This is a mere flu like virus. Should we start to quarantine all those animals that get infected by the flu virus? Of course not.

    The main reason for this all hysteria is the fact that the Herd doesn’t know how to have a robust immune system (I.S). They are always waiting for the VACCINE! Again, the case of the “regular” flu is a clear example of this.

    Even though many more animals die every year do to the regular flu virus , no one cares about it simply because they can get the VACCINE.

    Herd Immunity only works so far, and that’s why many still get moderate to severe infections even after vaccination. Those with weaker I.S. die. Simple natural process.

    I’m following a chinese study about the use of intravenous Vit. C to fight this new flu virus. Will see if it ends and what are the results.

  • Margaret Flowers

    Your comment is full of misinformation. People in China are not starving. The stores are open and have food. They are not being welded into their dwellings. They are shopping. Rents and other things that would cause hardship are being held. China should be applauded for the way it is handling this crisis and for its achievements in reducing poverty and building high-quality infrastructure for its people. The US government could learn from China. You may want to listen to these presentations from last weekend by K J Noh and Siu Hin Lee.

  • Jon

    Now here, at last, is a worthy, non-cynical post from you. Appreciated!

  • voza0db

    None of my comments are cynical!

  • kevinzeese

    Haha. You are the most cynical and negtive commenter on Popular Resistance.

  • voza0db

    My comments are a simple Picture of the Wonderful Civilization WE ALL helped to build and persist in MAINTAIN.

  • voza0db

    The only problem with that is that the SRF and their banksters will use the fake corona flu virus to Bail-Out AGAIN the TBTF Financial Terrorists…

    They survive plagues, wars, famines and so on!

  • voza0db

    We attracted the attention of TWO Mods!

  • I have access to a great deal of information which is not Party controlled. The aggregate of that information is what I base my opinion on. I’ll give you one source to explore – Jennifer Zeng.

  • yes, there is a marked increase in hysteria all over the place. Expect more.

  • yep

  • The vaccine may not be a good solution for people. In SARS, they found the vaccine increased the lethality; hopefully, they will be more successful this time.

    Increasing your intake of Vitamin C can help boost the immune system – usually, if you take too much, it just results in the ‘runs’. However, people are on so many Rx these days, that I would suggest people consult their physicians first. Vitamin D can also help BUT too much can do HARM; a little sunshine can give you some D vs. taking a supplement.

  • dB, this is not ‘just a mere flu virus’ and containment is about the only thing that can be done to prevent its spread. Unfortunately, containment was not implemented soon enough so this thing’s traveling.

  • voza0db

    On that we agree… This in not ‘just a mere flu virus’, it is a mere weaker flu virus compared to others.