A year after COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, Americans there – look back at the U.S.


NBC News

Benjamin Wilson, a Louisiana native who lives in the Chinese city where the Covid-19 virus was first identified a year ago, is watching the unfolding crisis back home with disappointment.

“I would be very afraid if I were living in the States,” said Wilson, who has lived in Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Hubei province, for almost two decades. “I didn’t really think that I would be where I’m at now, worried more about my family than myself.”

The contrast between his homeland and his adopted home is stark, the English teacher said. Although he endured more than 70 days of strict lockdown, that at times made him feel almost “imprisoned,” being shuttered indoors was a sacrifice that has paid off, he said.

Now, Wuhan is “one of the safest places in the world,” he added.

If we lived in a nation that treasured science, education, healthcare more than the quest for the almighty dollar$…I might question what the English teacher in China is seeing. But, we witness, every day, every week, here in the GOUSA, exactly what is discussed in this article from NBC News. Not at all surprising to any globally well-read American.

4 thoughts on “A year after COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, Americans there – look back at the U.S.

  1. Ignorance is strength says:

    As Covid-19 tore through the United States in the spring, a senior official in the Trump administration quietly reinforced a set of guidelines that prevented journalists from getting inside all but a handful of hospitals at the front line of the pandemic. The guidelines, citing the medical privacy law known as HIPAA, suggested a nearly impossible standard: Before letting journalists inside Covid-19 wards, hospitals needed prior permission from not only the specific patients the journalists would interview, but also other patients whose names or identities would be accessible.
    The onerous guidelines were issued on May 5 by Roger Severino, who worked at the conservative Heritage Foundation before Donald Trump appointed him to direct the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS. The guidelines made it extremely difficult for hospitals to give photographers the opportunity to collect visual evidence of the pandemic’s severity. By tightening the circulation of disturbing images, the guidelines fulfilled, intentionally or not, a key Trump administration goal: keeping public attention away from the death toll, which has surpassed 300,000 souls. https://theintercept.com/2020/12/27/covid-photography-hospitals/
    Department of Health and Human Services: “Guidance on Covered Health Care Providers and Restrictions on Media Access to Protected Health Information about Individuals in Their Facilities” https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/guidance-on-media-and-film-crews-access-to-phi.pdf

  2. Gweilo Joe says:

    A year after Wuhan, China locks down another city of 11 million people to contain a coronavirus flare-up https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/08/asia/china-hebei-covid-lockdown-intl-hnk/index.html
    Coronavirus: Hebei province reports 120 new local cases in China’s biggest Covid-19 rise in months https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hda39lt0WII
    Meanwhile: 280,292 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the U.S. yesterday, with 132,370 hospitalizations and 4,112 more deaths. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html
    The population of China in 2020 is just over 1.4 billion (1,439,323,776) while the U.S. population at the start of 2020 was just over 331 million people.

  3. Update says:

    (January 8, 2021): “China Has Administered More Than 9 Million Vaccine Doses” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-09/china-has-given-more-than-9-million-vaccine-doses-officials-say
    (July 15, 2020) “Why Rwanda Is Doing Better Than Ohio When It Comes To Controlling COVID-19.” https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/07/15/889802561/a-covid-19-success-story-in-rwanda-free-testing-robot-caregivers At that time the country of 12 million had recorded just over 1,500 cases. Ohio, with a similar size population, was then reporting roughly 1,200 cases a day. As the article reported: “Despite being classified by the World Bank as a low-income country, and despite its limited resources, Rwanda has vowed to identify every coronavirus case. Anyone who tests positive is immediately quarantined at a dedicated COVID-19 clinic. Any contacts of that case who are deemed at high risk are also quarantined, either at a clinic or at home, until they can be tested.”
    (January 7, 2021): “A person in Los Angeles County now dies every eight minutes from the coronavirus, according to health officials. The state of California for the first time reported a record of 1,042 deaths over a two-day period, while the nation as a whole for the first time reported more than 4,000 deaths in a single 24-hour period”. https://abc7.com/covid-19-los-angeles-covid-deaths-la-coronavirus-county/9447018/
    (January 7, 2021): “L.A. Public Health Officials: ‘Any Activity Outside Of Your Home Is High-Risk’” https://www.dailywire.com/news/l-a-public-health-officials-any-activity-outside-of-your-home-is-high-risk “Officials in Los Angeles County are warning the areas more than ten million residents that simply stepping outside is now deemed risky behavior within the nation’s pandemic epicenter.
    “Everyone should keep in mind that community transmission rates are so high that you run the risk of an exposure whenever you leave your home,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer earlier this week. “Assume that this deadly invisible virus is everywhere, looking for a willing host.”

  4. Cassandra says:

    “Three-quarters of Wuhan patients hospitalized for Covid-19 still had symptoms 6 months later, Chinese study finds” https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/11/asia/china-wuhan-covid-consequence-intl-hnk/index.html
    “The findings indicate that even people who recover from Covid-19 could suffer long-lasting health impacts from their bout with the coronavirus, which has infected more than 90 million people worldwide.
    The study, the largest of its kind yet carried out, published Friday in the medical journal The Lancet. It found that fatigue and sleep difficulties were the most common post Covid-19 symptoms, occurring in 63% and 26% of the patients, respectively, six months after the onset of their initial diagnosis.
    The disease could also have long-lasting psychological complications, with anxiety or depression reported among 23% of the patients, the study found.
    Patients who were more severely ill tended to have continued evidence of lung damage on X-rays, according to the researchers.”
    Lancet (January 08, 2021): ” 6-month consequences of COVID-19 in patients discharged from hospital: a cohort study” https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-67362032656-8/fulltext

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