The peak of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) epidemic in China has already passed, said Mi Feng, an official representative of the Chinese Health Committee. According to him, currently, with the exception of Wuhan, no new cases of infection have been registered in all cities of Hubei Province for an entire week. Outside Hubei Province, seven new cases have been detected, of which six are imported. The spread of the virus in China has already been stopped.
In other words, China defeated the coronavirus. The key to the victory was not just technical perfection, but also the social technologies demonstrated by China: discipline, coherence of all services, self-sacrifice of doctors, some of whom died but did everything to stop the spread of the epidemic. China was able to quickly and efficiently close cities and multi-million provinces, build hospitals in a matter of days, use the latest technology to control the movement of people and warn of the need to maintain quarantine.
Walking around without a protective face mask? Well, you can’t avoid these sharp-tongued drones! Many village and cities in China are using drones equipped with speakers to patrol during the #coronavirus outbreak. pic.twitter.com/ILbLmlkL9R
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) January 31, 2020
China’s timely and radical action against the coronavirus not only improved prospects in China, but also gave time for the rest of the world to respond. It is not just China which has won, but the Chinese way of life. With the chaos in Europe and the US, and even Iran, the world has a recipe – if you want to face new challenges – be like China: effective, authoritarian, closed, without playing games of democracy and the free market.
China was able to withstand not just the virus, but also the consequences of stopping one third of the economy and surviving the information war unleashed against it when the Western media accused China of underestimating the epidemic. Chinese President Xi Jinping confirmed his Mandate of Heaven. A new legitimization of power has taken place.
Now China has begun supplying medicines, medical masks and equipment to other countries such as Iran and Italy. Chinese volunteers are also headed to Italy.
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China can now offer other countries its social and medical technologies. It is important that it now serves as a role model, a source of stability in a chaotic world. China is only strengthening its world leadership. The fall in oil prices will also be very timely for China, allowing for a rapid economic recovery.
While China contained and eliminated the problem, it has spread rapidly in the open society, itself a kind of disease, much like globalization itself.
Following the spread of the coronavirus, states began closing their borders one after another. The US closed its borders with the EU. Denmark and Italy fenced off the rest of the Schengen Area. The closure turned out to be a blessing. The openness preached by liberalist apologists led by George Soros was dangerous and has now proven to be a failed policy. The flows of migrants had already brought the entire structure into question, and the coronavirus seems to have finally killed it.
Famous American historian Niall Ferguson notes that the increased interconnectedness of different parts of the world contributed to the spread of coronavirus. In his opinion, standard epidemiological models tend to underestimate the threat posed by the virus because they do not take into account the topology of social networks that transmit it. The higher the mobility, the more likely the coronavirus is to spread through network hubs.
David Shaywitz, a physician-scientist from Silicon Valley and the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, argues that “the existence of superspreaders reinforces a concern about the vulnerability of networks.” The world of global networks is becoming a threat to humanity. Even the globalist Jacques Attali now believes that “our production must be different and we must promote a spatial division of labour that is much less dispersed and fragile.”
Coronavirus is forcing the transition from the model or ideal of a global network society to the order of large spaces: closed, limited, separated and self-sufficient. The breakage of connections within the world economy makes autarchy necessary.
The US: a deadly world hegemon
The Global Times notes that the spread of coronavirus in the US could become a “black swan” for the American economy and Donald Trump personally. https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1181461.shtml.
The Dow Jones has dropped significantly as a result of the outbreak. President Donald Trump is faced with a terrifying dilemma: close the country, running the risk of strangling the economy, or let the virus spread. Both choices endangers his political position, especially in an election year.
BREAKING: Stocks sink after Trump travel ban, underwhelming economic measures add to fears about virus impact; Dow drops 1,600. https://t.co/Uu0mqS3fxd
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 12, 2020
The publication further notes that the US is not ready for the coronavirus epidemic. The administration already recognizes that the vaccine may not be available to many, if not most Americans. This in itself raises questions about US public health policy and quality.
The impact of the corona virus on the global and US economies could be problematic for Trump. A sustained drop in the stock market, combined with the poor handling of the COVID-19 threat, could impact Trump’s election chances.
The fact that the US has become the center of globalization makes it vulnerable to coronavirus. Capitalist ethics and expensive health care are additional factors that make the spread of coronavirus in the US even more dangerous. Adding to this, a presidential campaign with permanent state primary votes, meetings and major demonstrations creates additional opportunities for the spread of the dangerous virus.
With the spread of coronavirus, the presence of multiple military bases across all continents is now a source of threat to Americans themselves, as they are currently exposed to possible infection. Global hegemony is becoming deadly for ordinary Americans.
On March 12, the Pentagon announced a 60-day ban on visits by military, family and civilian personnel of the country’s so-called “Level 3 threat ” (China, South Korea, Italy and Iran) and a ban on official delegations from the “Level 2” countries (so far only Japan). The United States and South Korea have cancelled exercises until the end of the epidemic.
The US officially announced the scaling-back of Defender-Europe 20 due to coronavirus. However, how many thousands of American soldiers will still arrive in Europe affected by the virus is not specified.
Globalism’s last battle
There is no doubt that globalists will try to exploit the epidemic by claiming that the global problem requires a global solution, and that Transnational institutions must be strengthened to address the problem as soon as possible. Will Hutton from the Guardian blames for the pandemic “unregulated world.”
“Now, one form of unregulated, free-market globalization with its propensity for crises and pandemics is certainly dying. But another form that recognizes interdependence and the primacy of evidence-based collective action is being born. There will be more pandemics that will force governments to invest in public health and respect the science they represent – with parallel movements on climate change, the oceans, finance and cybersecurity”… why? “Because we can’t do without globalization.”
Philosopher and political analyst Slavoj Zizek recently presented another – left-wing variation of the same globalist thought: “thinking about an alternate society, a society beyond nation-state, a society that actualizes itself in the forms of global solidarity and cooperation.” According to him “we should start to put together some kind of GLOBAL healthcare network” and prepare for “efficient global coordination.”
However, all previous attempts to strengthen institutions have only failed. Globalization creates the threats that the world’s leading players can and should deal with together, but in a sovereign manner, in dialogues between civilization, in separated and closed spaces.
The coronavirus has pushed mankind to reassess the ideas of globalization and open society, hopefully for good.
ICU beds main challenge in COVID-19 projections – The Telegram
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. —
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The short-term outlook for COVID-19 spread in Newfoundland and Labrador looks promising under current health emergency measures.
But even the best-case long-term projections suggest a likely squeeze for intensive care unit (ICU) beds by the fall.
The projections were presented to reporters and to the public Wednesday by Dr. Proton Rahman, a clinical scientist with Eastern Health. The information was assembled through various local agencies with help from the University of Toronto and the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI).
Even with current emergency health measures, long-term modelling showed the province needing about 200 ICU beds at peak coronavirus levels in November. That’s three times what is currently available, although there would still be enough ventilators.
Overall bed capacity would not be exceeded in this scenario, but Rahman said ICU care depends primarily on the number of nurses and specialists available.
“It’s not just about beds,” he said. “With each individual bed there’s human resources involved, such as respiratory technicians, which is going to be critical to this. We really have to rethink, to some extent, how to deliver these services.”
A more dire scenario presented Wednesday, in which half the population got sick, showed catastrophic results, with not nearly enough beds, staff or ventilators to go around.
“We will simply not be able to cope without drastic changes, and even then it is unlikely we would be successful,” Health Minister Dr. John Haggie said during a later video address.
Rahman warned that the CIHI models are likely “off a fair bit.”
“We’re looking well beyond the time frame that we have any certainty about.”
He said Newfoundland and Labrador is at least three weeks behind other provinces in terms of usable date.
In particular, while tragic in themselves, the fact there has only been two deaths so far makes it impossible to offer accurate projections of mortality rates.
He said the higher rates of high blood pressure and diabetes in this province don’t bode well, since those underlying conditions increase the chance of severe symptoms or death.
But the virus can affect anyone.
“The experience that’s been reported in numerous states in America and also in Canada (is that) a lot of young, healthy people are actually ending up in the ICU. Most don’t, but it can happen to anyone,” Rahman said. “The people that we’re worried about the most are the old, the vulnerable, people with multiple medical conditions, but anyone can get in trouble and you really have to respect what this virus can do.”
Rahman said the Caul’s Funeral Home cluster — a mid-March exposure that accounts for 75 per cent of subsequent COVID-18 hospitalizations — also makes it difficult to interpret the province’s numbers with any accuracy.
Models are usually based on more evenly distributed infections.
Rahman said emergency measures imposed by the province could buy time to accommodate demand ahead of the surge.
“The time is key in terms of the health care capacity to be able to manage large amounts of patients,” he said. “The other reason why time is important, if we’re looking at an 18-month to two-year time period, lots could happen in terms of maybe a potential therapy, something that’s been repurposed in terms of a drug coming into it, some antibodies that you can take or possibly a vaccine. You’re buying time for potentially a therapy and you’re also buying time in terms of our health care capacity to adapt to this.”
Rahman wouldn’t speculate on how long current health measures would be in place, especially if the peak doesn’t arrive until November.
But he cited a scenario posed by some experts in which individual measures could be lifted temporarily and re-imposed if the number of cases rises again.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald was not available for questions during the Wednesday evening briefing.
For now, Rahman said, it’s important to stay put.
“It just takes one small indiscretion to create a large increase,” he said.
“So, please, please follow the health guidelines put in place by Dr. Fitzgerald.”
With files from David Maher
Peter Jackson is a Local Initiative Reporter covering health care for The Telegram
U.S. CDC reports 374,329 coronavirus cases, 12,064 deaths – Financial Post
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday reported 374,329 cases of coronavirus, an increase of 43,438 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 3,154 to 12,064.
The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, as of 4 pm ET on April 6 compared to its count a day ago. (https://bit.ly/2IVY1JT)
The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states. (Reporting by Vishwadha Chander in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)
Many Children With COVID-19 Don't Have Cough or Fever – Medscape
The characteristic COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath are less common in children than adults, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control.
Among pediatric patients younger than 18 years in the United States, 73% had at least one of the trio of symptoms, compared with 93% of adults aged 18-64, noted Lucy A. McNamara, PhD, and the CDC’s COVID-19 response team, based on a preliminary analysis of the 149,082 cases reported as of April 2.
By a small margin, fever ― present in 58% of pediatric patients ― was the most common sign or symptom of COVID-19, compared with cough at 54% and shortness of breath in 13%. In adults, cough (81%) was seen most often, followed by fever (71%) and shortness of breath (43%), the investigators reported in the MMWR.
In both children and adults, headache and myalgia were more common than shortness of breath, as was sore throat in children, the team added.
“These findings are largely consistent with a report on pediatric COVID-19 patients aged <16 years in China, which found that only 41.5% of pediatric patients had fever [and] 48.5% had cough,” they wrote.
The CDC analysis of pediatric patients was limited by its small sample size, with data on signs and symptoms available for only 11% (291) of the 2,572 children known to have COVID-19 as of April 2. The adult population included 10,944 individuals, who represented 9.6% of the 113,985 U.S. patients aged 18-65, the response team said.
“As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase in many parts of the United States, it will be important to adapt COVID-19 surveillance strategies to maintain collection of critical case information without overburdening jurisdiction health departments,” they said.
SOURCE: McNamara LA et al. MMWR 2020 Apr 6;69(early release):1-5.
This story originally appeared on MDedge.com.
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