Oh look at that, Wuhan Virus could kill 45million globally – are we still playing the ‘this-isn’t-serious-and-you-are- racist-for-thinking-it-is’ game on social media?
Covid-19, the name given to the novel coronavirus, could kill 45 million people worldwide and infect 60 per cent of the global population if it can’t be contained, a leading expert has warned.
Professor Gabriel Leung, chair of public health medicine in Hong Kong, made the comments while en route to a meeting of the World Health Organisation.
He warned that an “attack rate” of 60-80 per cent meant that even if the fatality rate was as low as 1 per cent, the death toll would be staggering.
There is an argument floated by the woke that any criticism of the Wuhan virus is racist xenophobia and that it doesn’t kill as many people as other virus do, you dirty racist scumbags.
I’d humbly suggest this isn’t an Identity Politics issue as it is an economic and public health emergency.
Our response to measles was a despicable incompetence and it’s becoming glaringly apparent that our response to the Wuhan virus is equally farcical…
Two University of Otago scientists are calling for an “urgent review” of how New Zealand is protecting itself from coronavirus.
Professors Nick Wilson and Michael Baker wrote an article published yesterday on Sciblogs, saying the country needs to introduce a “pandemic plan” to protect against the “highly uncertain” virus.
“Now is the time for maximum proactivity. There is still time to upgrade the weaker aspects of the response and to maximise the chance of protecting the population,” they wrote.
The researchers said the Government’s response so far is lacking in several areas and needs to be reviewed to ensure people are kept safe.
They also criticised New Zealand’s 14-day “self-isolation” requirement for travellers returning from coronavirus-affected areas, saying quarantine supervision “may need to be markedly increased”.
“The nature of this quarantine…needs urgent review, monitoring and evaluation to ensure it is adequate to minimise the risk of disease transmission.”
New Zealand continues to allow citizens, permanent residents and immediate family back into the country after they have travelled to areas where coronavirus is still being actively transmitted.
The Department of Public Health professors said border controls also need to be reviewed to further limit the range of people allowed entry to New Zealand.
The coronavirus has now claimed more than 1000 lives with 42,638 cases confirmed worldwide.
…because China is an authoritarian communist regime that puts human rights behind grim cohesion and slavish devotion to the Party, we can’t trust anything they are telling us regarding how lethal this virus actually is and how many people are actually infected.
We still don’t know how its being transmitted, it looks like its gained aerosol spreading capacity.
Look, with so little actually known, shouldn’t we be on a far more heightened alert here for a virus we don’t have any natural protection to whatsoever?
Don’t take my word for it, take the bloody above Scientists word for it.
The demand to ‘not panic’ should not be greater than the effort to prepare us for a rapidly emerging pandemic!