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.

23 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

  5. p/s says:

    A new children’s book called “Doctor Li and The Crown-Wearing Virus” is the origin story of Doctor Li Wenliang, who first raised the alarm that a novel coronavirus was spreading in Wuhan, China.
    The police tried to silence Li, but he continued to speak out. In the book, a 7-year-old, May, learns about Doctor Li’s courage and she takes action to cultivate hope.
    The illustrated book was written by the New York Times best-selling author Francesca Cavallo. It was first made available as a short, downloadable book for free. The online version was downloaded more than 60,000 times in just a couple of weeks and later translated by volunteers into 38 languages. https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/07/media/doctor-li-book/index.html
    Dr. Li died on February 7, 2020, from coronavirus. https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/06/asia/li-wenliang-coronavirus-whistleblower-doctor-dies-intl/index.html

  6. Update says:

    “Fact check: How the Wuhan lab-leak theory for pandemic origin suddenly became credible” https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/fact-check-how-the-wuhan-lab-leak-theory-for-pandemic-origin-suddenly-became-credible/
    (Fox news): “Ted Cruz mocks Washington Post as ‘clowns’ after fact-check declares Wuhan lab leak theory ‘suddenly’ credible” https://www.foxnews.com/media/ted-cruz-mocks-washington-post-clowns-fact-check-wuhan-lab-leak-credible

  7. Doc says:

    Wuhan lab’s classified work complicates search for pandemic’s origins (Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/wuhan-lab-leak-secret-coronavirus/2021/06/22/b9c45940-cf08-11eb-a224-bd59bd22197c_story.html
    The Battle Over the Coronavirus Lab-Leak Theory : The debate about the origin of the pandemic has become loud, contentious, and infused with politics. We need to find real answers. (The New Yorker) https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/06/21/the-battle-over-the-coronavirus-lab-leak-theory

    • p/s says:

      The Debate over Origins of SARS-CoV-2 (Caltech 6/22/21) https://www.caltech.edu/about/news/the-debate-over-origins-of-sars-cov-2
      “Caltech’s David Baltimore, president emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Biology, is a virologist who received the Nobel Prize for his research into viral genetics. Baltimore was an organizer of the first Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA held in 1975 to discuss ethics and regulation of biotechnology. We sat down with him to discuss the debate over the origins of SARS-CoV-2.”

    • Addendum says:

      “An American scientist has incited a new skirmish over the origin of the coronavirus, reporting that he has retrieved potentially significant genetic data about SARS-CoV-2 that had been stored and later deleted from a digital archive at the National Institutes of Health.
      Jesse Bloom, a computational biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, posted his findings on the preprint server bioRxiv, where papers that have not yet been peer-reviewed or published in a journal have been landing by the thousands since the start of the pandemic.
      The scientific significance of Bloom’s research remained unclear Wednesday, but it stirred instant online reaction, favorable and unfavorable alike, among scientists who have been debating the flurry of theories about the initial coronavirus outbreak.
      Bloom, who retrieved the data through Google Cloud, does not claim that it advances one theory or another, but he contends it bolsters evidence that the virus was circulating in Wuhan, China, before a December outbreak of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, that was linked to a market selling live animals.” https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/seattle-scientist-digs-up-deleted-coronavirus-genetic-data-adding-fuel-to-covid-origin-debate/

  8. 4therecord says:

    The last foreign scientist to work at the Wuhan Institute of Virology spoke out for the first time in an interview with Bloomberg published on Sunday, telling the publication, “What people are saying is just not how it is.” https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/public-global-health/560477-last-foreign-scientist-to-work-at-wuhan-lab-what
    Danielle Anderson was working in what has become the world’s most notorious laboratory just weeks before the first known cases of COVID-19 emerged in central China. Yet, the Australian virologist still wonders what she missed.
    An expert in bat-borne viruses, the Victorian is the only foreign scientist to have undertaken research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s BSL-4 lab, the first in mainland China equipped to handle the planet’s deadliest pathogens. Her most recent stint ended in November 2019, giving Anderson an insider’s perspective on a place that’s become a flashpoint in the search for what caused the worst pandemic in a century. (Sidney Morning Herald 6/28/21) https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/australian-scientist-the-sole-foreign-researcher-at-the-wuhan-lab-speaks-out-20210628-p584sv.html

  9. Update says:

    China’s Zero Tolerance To COVID-19 Is Choking Supply Lines https://www.reuters.com/world/china/chinese-ports-choke-over-zero-tolerance-covid-19-policy-2021-08-17/

    Flashback (Feb 2021): “A nine-month Associated Press investigation of state-sponsored disinformation conducted in collaboration with the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, shows how a rumor that the U.S. created the virus that causes COVID-19 was weaponized by the Chinese government, spreading from the dark corners of the Internet to millions across the globe. The analysis was based on a review of millions of social media postings and articles on Twitter, Facebook, VK, Weibo, WeChat, YouTube, Telegram and other platforms.
    Chinese officials were reacting to a powerful narrative, nursed by QAnon groups, Fox News, former President Donald Trump and leading Republicans, that the virus was instead manufactured by China.” https://apnews.com/article/pandemics-beijing-only-on-ap-epidemics-media-122b73e134b780919cc1808f3f6f16e8

  10. Cascade effect says:

    The partial closure of the world’s third-busiest container port is worsening congestion at other major Chinese ports, as ships divert away from Ningbo amid uncertainty over how long virus control measures in the city will last.
    In nearby Shanghai and in Hong Kong, congestion is once again increasing after dropping due to the reopening of Yantian port in Shenzhen, which shut in May for a separate outbreak. The number of container ships anchored off Xiamen on China’s southeast coast rose to 24 Tuesday from 6 at the start of the month, according to shipping data compiled by Bloomberg.

  11. Update says:

    Wuhan’s Hidden Trauma: After the COVID lockdown : A Chinese filmmaker ventures into Wuhan and discovers unseen psychological trauma in the aftermath of lockdown. https://www.aljazeera.com/program/witness/2021/8/24/wuhans-hidden-trauma-after-the-covid-lockdown
    Related story (April 20, 2020) “China: Truth In A Pandemic : When the coronavirus outbreak began, what really went on in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the heart of the pandemic?” https://www.aljazeera.com/program/101-east/2020/4/10/china-truth-in-a-pandemic

  12. p/s says:

    Wuhan facilities shed light on China’s oversight on wildlife use : G7 leaders call for ‘a transparent, evidence-based’ study on the origins of COVID-19 but Beijing is rejecting another probe. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/27/wuhan-facilities-sheds-light-on-chinas-problematic-oversight-of
    Operations at China’s Meishan terminal in the world’s third-busiest container port will take at least a week to return to normal, according to Rahul Kapoor, vice president of maritime and trade at IHS Global Insight, after the facility was closed because a worker had Covid-19.
    “The disruptions we are seeing are due to Covid restrictions, and given that China has a Covid-zero policy, there’s always a chance something like this could happen again,” Singapore-based Kapoor said.
    Yantian port in Shenzhen was also closed for a month from late May due to an outbreak. The impact of the pandemic is reflected in vessels laden with cargo stuck outside ports and exporters struggling to find space for goods. https://gcaptain.com/a-week-at-least-for-worlds-third-busiest-port-to-return-to-normal/

  13. 4theRecord says:

    “A review by the United States’ intelligence community did not reach a firm conclusion on the origin of the coronavirus that sparked the COVID-19 pandemic, but it still may prove quite helpful moving forward.
    While the report, ordered by President Biden earlier this year, determined only that both natural spillover from an infected animal and a lab leak were plausible theories as to how the pathogen jumped to humans, an unclassified summary of the report released Friday did show that there was broad agreement among the intelligence community on multiple areas, including that the virus was “not developed as a biological weapon” and that Chinese officials “did not have foreknowledge” of the virus ahead of the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, back in the fall of 2019.” https://news.yahoo.com/pair-significant-findings-otherwise-inconclusive-154714361.html (see links)

  14. p/s says:

    “Inside the Wuhan lab: French engineering, deadly viruses and a big mystery” (Washington Post Sept 7, 2021) https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/wuhan-lab-covid-china/2021/09/07/f293325c-fb11-11eb-911c-524bc8b68f17_story.html
    “Scientific collaboration in virology — it’s gone,” said a foreign researcher who has worked for years with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the hostile political climate. “Now, the Chinese will not welcome foreigners because their view is you’re coming in to dig dirt.”
    This account of the WIV’s 65-year history, its coronavirus research and its P4 lab is based on interviews with visiting scientists, lab audit reports, satellite images, archival records and other documentation. The WIV did not respond to requests for comment.

    …Shi Zhengli’s supporters say that if there had been a lab coverup, it’s unlikely the staff could have kept the secret from leaking out, especially with a full-court press by U.S. intelligence agencies. The U.S. intelligence report delivered to President Biden last month said that the coronavirus was not a bioweapon and that Chinese authorities did not know about the virus in advance.”

  15. p/s says:

    “Among thousands of the earliest survivors of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, nearly half had at least one persistent symptom a full year after being released from the hospital, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open.” https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/09/a-year-later-45-of-covid-patients-in-wuhan-still-have-symptoms/
    The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), September 29, 2021: “Symptoms and Health Outcomes Among Survivors of COVID-19 Infection 1 Year After Discharge From Hospitals in Wuhan, China” https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2784558 “The long-term health outcomes and symptom burden of COVID-19 remain largely unclear.”

  16. Update says:

    China is scrambling to contain its most widespread Covid-19 outbreak since the first wave of infections that began in Wuhan in 2019.
    Though subsequent flare-ups have seen higher total case numbers, this outbreak has spread the furthest, with 19 of China’s 31 provinces — more than half the country — reporting cases since the outbreak began in mid-October, according to the National Health Commission (NHC).
    On Wednesday, the NHC reported 93 new symptomatic cases — the highest daily count in three months. About 500 cases have been reported nationwide since the outbreak began, according to state-run tabloid the Global Times.
    The number may seem small compared to other countries in the West, many of which are still reporting tens of thousands of cases each day. But it’s massive for China, which has stuck to its “zero-Covid” approach, including tight border controls and lengthy quarantines for international arrivals.
    This approach — which aims to stamp out the virus completely within China’s borders — means even a handful of cases are viewed as a dire threat. https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/04/china/china-delta-covid-outbreak-strategy-intl-hnk/index.html

  17. Puzzling Evidence says:

    “Letter confirms Wuhan lab’s COVID-19 leak was funded by US taxpayers” (Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post 11/4/21) https://nypost.com/2021/11/04/letter-confirms-wuhan-lab-virus-study-was-funded-by-taxpayers/ [“Adapted with permission from City Journal”]
    City Journal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Journal
    “The Evidence Mounts : A new NIH letter reinforces the lab-leak hypothesis for the origins of Covid-19.” (City Journal 11/1/21) https://www.city-journal.org/new-evidence-for-lab-leak-hypothesis-of-covid-origins

  18. Update says:

    A fresh look at the possible origins of the Covid-19 pandemic points straight back to the Huanan seafood market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, a scientist who has been studying the pandemic from the beginning asserted Thursday.
    The researcher, Michael Worobey of the University of Arizona, has put together a painstaking timeline of all the known cases of SARS-Cov-2 before it was known a pandemic was starting. https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/18/health/covid-origins-market-theory/index.html

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