This hasn’t aged well has it?
There is a belief in Twitter land that any criticism of the Wuhan virus is racist and unnecessary fear mongering, which seems bewilderingly micro aggression policing-esk when we have a macro threat event confronting us in real time.
This isn’t an identity politics issue, it is a public health emergency and a major economic danger and writing those concerns off as racist is eye-rollingly naive.
Let’s be clear, ANYONE attacking Asian NZers over this virus are ignorant frightened arseholes and should be excluded from the discussion for crimes against reason, but, that fear IS legitimate because China, being the largest authoritarian Communist regime on the planet, is NOT yet being honest or upfront about the true infection rate OR the true death rate of this virus.
China is an enormous abuser of human rights, ask the Uyghurs, the political dissidents they harvest body organs from or those they use mass surveillance against and we simply can’t trust anything they say.
This is a real problem because as Bill Gates pointed out in his Netflix Doco, Chinese wet markets are the perfect vector for novel viruses to cross over to humans because of their crushing cheek to jowel over population and flexible hygiene standards.
As humans deplete the environment and strip it bare, these virus become more likely to cross over to us…
Although the phenomenon of zoonosis has been happening among human beings and the animals they encounter for an untold thousands of years, the modern world has made zoonotic epidemics more likely to occur, experts say. It’s a matter of numbers and geography. More people are coming into contact with more animals in more places, including habitats rarely or never visited by human beings — such as bat caves deep within a forest.
“We’re absolutely seeing an acceleration in the emergence of zoonotic disease,” said Jonathan Epstein, an epidemiologist at EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit that studies emerging infectious diseases.
Changes in land use — agriculture, mining, etc. — play a huge role in creating opportunities for viral jumps. So do wild animal markets. Authorities in China cracked down on sales of wild animals after SARS was linked to masked palm civets, a cat-like mammal. China later backed off some of the restrictions. Wild animal markets remain common in much of the world.
Once a virus jumps into humans, population density becomes a factor in turning what might potentially be a small eruption of illnesses into an epidemic. A crowded city such as Wuhan, which has a population on the same order of magnitude as New York or London, creates conditions for person-to-person transmission.
…so this is a future issue that climate change is compounding now, and what is getting missed in the churn of events is how this is rapidly becoming a major economic problem.
The global supply chains are far more vulnerable than anyone else thought and the quarantine will trigger a cascade of economic damage globally which is a double problem for China as they require at least 6.5% growth to keep the population happy with the Government.
If anything, we are underpaying the significance of this event, not overplaying it.