World’s Apart COVID-19 Response by China and the US
China is the world leader in responding effectively to COVID-19 outbreaks.
The proof of the pudding is in the results.
The Trump regime is the world’s laggard by its mishandling of the public health crisis and economic collapse.
It’s the latest example of its contempt for public health and welfare, its indifference toward ordinary people everywhere.
Trump is long on bombast, bravado, and arrogance, short on leadership skills, intelligence, respect for the rule of law, and concern for serving all Americans equitably.
Addressing the WHO’s World Health Assembly on Monday by teleconference, China’s President Xi Jinping defended his country’s response to COVID-19 outbreaks that the organization and medical journal The Lancet praised — including China’s transparency.
The mishandled Trump regime response sent outbreaks and deaths in the US soaring to numbers far exceeding other countries, the toll increasing daily.
Xi supports world community cooperation in containing the deadly virus.
He backs a science-based public health approach to controlling it, including financial support, especially for developing nations.
He pledged $2 billion over the next two years to help countries in need respond to COVID-19 outbreaks and deal with its economic and social development fallout.
If China develops a vaccine, it will be offered to other countries as “a global public good.”
Xi also expressed support for a nonpoliticized WHO-led review of the global response to the public health crisis after it’s brought under control.
“(W)e have turned the tide on the virus and protected the life and health of our people,” said Xi even though the battle to defeat COVID-19 is far from over in China and worldwide.
In contrast to large numbers of US deaths daily from the coronavirus, China reported none for several weeks, small numbers of outbreaks alone.
By no means does the current status signal an end to the public health crisis in China or anywhere else.
The highly contagious virus could reappear in large numbers and spread widely. Predictions by some experts suggest it.
The century-ago Spanish flu lasted from 1918 – 1920, coming in three waves, the second one most deadly to millions of people.
If a similar COVID-19 scenario occurs, China, the US, and many other countries will be greatly affected.
WHO health emergencies program director Mike Ryan warned that COVID-1 “may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away,” adding:
It’s “important we are realistic and I don’t think anyone can predict when this disease will disappear.
“There are no promises in this and there are no dates. This disease may settle into a long problem, or it may not be.”
Annual epidemics of seasonal flu occur like clockwork, affecting many millions of people worldwide.
In the US alone, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized annually by the illness that kills tens of thousands each year in America alone.
A major difference between COVID-19 and seasonal flu is that the former is much more contagious, why it can spread much more rapidly and potentially be much more deadly.
That said, communities can’t stay in longterm lockdowns or societal breakdowns will occur — economically, socially, and politically.
Developing a cure for the coronavirus would be a major breakthrough.
There’s no guarantee it’s coming near-term or longer, let alone a vaccine given that all of them are hazardous to human health and should be avoided.
Anything rushed to market may likely be deadlier that the virus it pretends to protect against.
Under the best of circumstances, COVID-19 is likely to be around for some time, maybe years, containing it the best option in hopes of an eventual cure.
No coronavirus vaccines exist, no successful ones realistically in prospect.
At some point, lockdowns must end. Working age people need jobs to sustain life and welfare.
Young people need education to whatever levels they seek. Getting it online is a short-term solution alone.
Face-to-face classroom instruction with teachers and students interacting is what formal education is all about.
Getting it via a computer screen in isolation is only acceptable short-term.
The disturbing reality about what’s going on is that an unacceptable new normal will likely follow lockdowns and other restrictions in the US, West, and perhaps elsewhere.
America the way I remember it long ago no longer exists.
Major unacceptable changes came in recent decades — notably in the neoliberal 90s, the horrors of post-9/11, and what’s ongoing now that appears to be 9/11 2.0 — planned by US dark forces, not accidental.
If past is prologue, the worst of things lie ahead, notably economic devastation that’s changing the lives of countless millions for the worst.
My two Wall Street books are timely reading:
“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”
“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”