Chinese internet users are shocked by President Trump’s surreal idea. Stop messing around, please, some Americans. You have a ruling team led by such a President, and COVID-19 deaths have exceeded 50,000. How can you blame China? pic.twitter.com/6IMCvUyzG9— Hu Xijin ??? (@HuXijin_GT) April 24, 2020
Fighting COVID-19 is bound to be a protracted battle, which will test endurance of each country. The American society is obviously impatient as anti-lockdown protests are spreading. The president supports protesters, not scientists. The America is lost.— Hu Xijin ??? (@HuXijin_GT) April 21, 2020
Las Vegas wants to reopen casinos immediately. It’s simply unrealistic. Restarting economy in the US will be much slower than in China and there is a high probability of epidemic resurge in the US. It will have to pay attention to China’s experience after paying additional price.— Hu Xijin ??? (@HuXijin_GT) April 23, 2020
The US can’t produce face masks now and its aircraft carriers can’t move, all it’s left is big-mouth politicians like you.What you’re spewing out is just political virus that undermines global solidarity. Tell the world what contribution the US has made to humanity’s virus fight? pic.twitter.com/eTacaHy5ul— Hu Xijin ??? (@HuXijin_GT) April 23, 2020
I’m enjoying the back and forth.
China is scoring a bunch of points in its ripostes.
“While people grieve over the misfortune, a thought-provoking question is raised: Why has the US, the most developed country with the highest level of medical, healthcare and nursing system in the world, failed to prevent the devastating fatalities among the elderly? …
China has been adopting strict quarantine measures since January. Obviously, the US paid no attention to it. In February, when respiratory problems emerged among residents of the Life Care Center of Kirkland, Washington, a party went ahead anyway. Social distancing was apparently not in the center’s playbook. Soon after, dozens of elderly people there died of the coronavirus.
The way the US treats elder patients is heartbreaking. Take New York State, which requires nursing homes to readmit residents who have tested positive for the virus. To put it more bluntly, this is a policy which asks elderly COVID-19 patients to be sent back to nursing homes, or, in other words, sent to the frontline of a herd immunity experiment.
Since the outbreak was first reported in China, there have been few reports of cluster cases at Chinese nursing homes. China does have relatively fewer care facilities for elder people compared to the US. But China has not lowered its guard on epidemic prevention and control in those centers.
Take the community welfare house in Wuchang district, Wuhan. It established a epidemic prevention and control working mechanism right after the outbreak, cancelled all its staff members’ vacations and asked them to remain in their positions 24 hours a day. No one was allowed to go outside. Body temperatures of the elderly were measured twice a day. Other nursing centers nationwide have taken similar measures.
China has taken the health and lives of elder people seriously with specific treatments for them. China’s National Health Commission said among more than 2,500 diagnosed patients in Wuhan of over 80 years old, 70 percent of them have been cured.
As the US judges China’s efforts in tackling the virus, they turn a blind eye to China’s experience, which proved to be efficient. On the day when news that US COVID-19 deaths at nursing homes topped 10,000 was released, politicians were busy condemning and shaming China, seeking to find out if the World Health Organization was being run properly, and fired Rick Bright, one of leading US vaccine development experts, for allegedly questioning hydroxychloroquine, a drug touted by the US president. …”
The answer is that Trump was advised in February by Dr. Jared Kushner, Steve Schwarzman, Nelson Peltz and all the other Jewish private equity and hedge fund billionaires who finance the MAGA movement to “ride it out” and treat the coronavirus like it was “just the flu.”
They weren’t particularly concerned about the health of the American population before this happened anyway. Instead of “spooking the markets,” the plan was to just sacrifice tens of thousands of people and to explain it away with a “what about the flu” narrative.
Note: The GOP narrative has backfired as the virus has already killed so many people in such a short period of time that it is stretching the outer limits of plausibility.