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.

10 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

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