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The Coronavirus Is China's Gift to the World: It Will Never Be the Same Again

Updated on March 20, 2020
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Introduction

China was riding high. It has overtaken the established economies of Japan, Germany, and England and become the second-largest economy in the world after the United States. It's per capita income was low, yet China began to exert a disproportionate influence in the world. The European democracies unable to match the cutthroat competition from China outsourced most of their production activities to China.

The biggest culprit was Italy. It not only had a direct flight to Wuhan but a lot of its manufacturing activities were around the same place.No wonder it leads in the count of deaths, much ahead of China due to the effect of this virus.

The virus originated from China and initially, the Chinese did not take it seriously and the virus spread. Thousands were infected and hundreds began to die. That was the time the Chinese government woke up to the danger of this virus. The world was slow to react initially and business with China continued as usual with businessmen, business leaders, and tourists continuing a too and fro traffic from China.

During this incubation period, the virus spread globally and it is then the world woke up to the danger of this virus which had originated from China. Donald Trump has referred to this virus is the "China virus".He is not a man to hold his punches and I will have to agree that he is correct.



China and the Virus

How did the virus start from China. There is no unanimity on this but generally, people agree on two possible reasons. Firstly there is a chance that in a laboratory in Wuhan where a virus was being isolated, it escaped. We do not know what happened but there is a possibility that inadvertently the viruses left the laboratory. Even then it could have been controlled but there is a second reason also and that is the food habits of the Chinese.

The Chinese are prone to eat exotic foods which are normally not consumed in other parts of the world. They have been eating scorpions, snakes. bats and God knows so many other types of insects and animals. These weird eating habits have had an effect in reinforcing the spread of the virus.

Recently I saw a video on YouTube put up by the famous Pakistani cricket player Shoaib Akhtar. Shoaib in his inimitable style brings out the fact that he could not understand when good meat like goats and chickens is available, why the hell the Chinese go and eat weird foods. He also mentioned that they were eating dogs and cats but I'm not sure about it.

The escape of the virus from the laboratory coupled with the eating habits of the Chinese allowed the virus to spread in China. Since the world had outsourced most of its business and manufacturing activities to China, the number of visitors to China had increased phenomenally. China was supposed to be the country with the magic talisman that would save the economies of western Europe and even Africa and Asia. People forgot that China is a totalitarian state and a naked dictatorship which does not allow any dissent. The Chinese government herded forced labor into manufacturing activities with the result that the GDP increased but the lot of the common man remained the same.

Looking for easy profits the West was blinded to all this and big corporations began to outsource their activities to China. The bubble was bound to burst because of Chinese activities. I wonder what sort of virus the Chinese were testing. Now I am told that the laboratory is closed but the damage has been done.

Countries that had a close association with China like Italy have suffered badly and I think there are more deaths in Italy than in China. As on date, no vaccine is available and I have my doubts that an effective vaccine will be available immediately. The USA is not in a happy position either with over 100 deaths already.



Ahead?

The genie has come out of the bottle and I don't think it's going to go back easily. It will remain and the blame for this lies with all the people who trusted China implicitly. At least the world has now realized that it has come to grips with a virus that could destroy their entire lifestyle. One hopes that the world realizes the perfidy of the Chinese government in spreading this virus. The world also must accept that China is not a nation that one can put all its eggs into.

Maybe a vaccine will be found but then where is the guarantee that another form of a more resistant virus does not emerge? I don't think China will be able to reclaim its leadership. it's about time the world united and quarantined China. Maybe if this is done for two or three years, there is a chance that something could come out of it . At the moment we can just cross our fingers and pray.

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    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Thank you Robert. I am at home only hoping things will pass. You also take care.

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      2 months ago

      You're in Singapore, correct? As of 3/23/20 1207 there are more cases in Singapore than India. In any case stay safe.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Thank you Robert, It may go up but hopefully, it will be controlled. One good thing why the virus did not spread as much as in the western countries is the low level of people to people contact between India and China. Hardly any visitor comes to India from China. The only ones coming are Buddhists who come on pilgrimage to Gaya the birthplace of Buddha. These have also been stopped. In any case, I am not in India at the moment but I am told there is a complete lockdown. We can just keep our fingers crossed.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 months ago

      You're welcome. While the numbers in India are still low, 519 confirmed, the new cases seem on the near vertical trajectory right now. Prayerfully that trajectory will flatten out soon.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Kate, a very interesting comment and only the Chinese can explain why they continue to eat snakes, dogs, and cats, when they can eat good and healthy food which is available in abundance.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Thank you Robert for your considered opinion. I am also in agreement to let anyone eat whatever he wants but there is a big BUT you have to follow the law of nature and moment you disturb it a catastrophe happens like its happened in China.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 months ago

      As long as it's not canabalism I don't much care what people eat,. The food markets should conform to accepted hygenic standards. It is the government's job to enforce such standards. It is also the responsibility of a government to be transparent about such outbreaks.

      MG Singh, you are right America did underestimate the problem. In Fairfax County, Virginia after the outbreak was known a school group from a provence adjacent to Wuhan came on an exchange program. The school officials were saying the Coronavirus was hard to catch. Fortunatly there was an uproar from the parents and the school officials decided not to let the exchange students into the school.

      As of 3/23/20 2036 the U.S. has 43,901 cases and 557 deaths.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Thank you Robert for your comment. There is no doubt that the virus originated from China and Donald Trump is correct when we calls it the China Virus. At the same time most of the countries like USA, Italy, Spain and the UK did not take corrective measures with the result thousands have died. This is very sad considering that India with a population of 1.2 billion has just 7 deaths. In contrast Italy with a population 60 million has over 5000 deaths. This shows a careless attitude and also the fact of putting all the eggs in the Chinese basket like outsourcing /manufacturing activities resulting in massive intercourse with Chinese. Donald Trump initially took the whole issue lightly and it is only now that he has awoken. it's about time the west completely isolated China, that is the only way forward.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 months ago

      It's good that you posted this. China and Russia are making a aiding Italy. China started a disinformation campaign that the U.S. planted the virus in Wuhan. If there is a vaccine and/or effective treatment it apparently would have to be mass produced in China.

      As of 3/22/20 2143 EST the U.S. has 33,276 confirmed cases and 417 deaths. The strategy here is to hunker down.

      Same time India has 396 cases and 7 deaths. Am I right that India closed down the country to incoming air traffic? Singapore has 455 cases and 2 deaths. It seems India and Singapore are doing a good job of handling the situation.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      John Coviello, I liked your comment. Yes, we should be prepared especially as the virus may become resilient even if a vaccine comes, which also is a big IF.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Thank you John, great comment and advice.

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      John Coviello 

      2 months ago from New Jersey

      A good write up on coronavirus. I am skeptical that we'll see a vaccine any time soon. Coronaviruses have been around for years and vaccine development efforts so far have failed. The SARS vaccine caused an over-response from the immune system and killed animals that were used to test the vaccine.

      This is going to be a rough spring for many parts of the world. It also might come roaring back next fall. Be safe everyone!

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      JohnHessin 

      2 months ago

      Nice write up. I pray this pandemic ends soon. We need to urge ppl to stay home and avoid social interactions. Keep an eye over its spread all over the world.

      Here's a cool map i found which provides live corona virus updates.

      https://coronavirushit.com/live-map/

      Don't look good though but we should stay firm!

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Thank you Chitrangada for your comment. The Chinese have to do a lot of cleanup act. Otherwise the world better beware.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      A well written, thought provoking article.

      The points you have made here are noteworthy. I have also seen the specific news and videos, stating the same.

      The only way to deal with this crisis, is to take precautions, follow the advice of the medical professionals and the respective governments. By doing so, further spread can be prevented. Each one of us, has this responsibility.

      Thanks for sharing.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Dear Mike, I agree that one should not go overboard but the potential of this virus causing a bigger disaster in time to come is the real danger. Maybe we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg.

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      Readmikenow 

      2 months ago

      When compared to other pandemics, this one is not even close to being as bad as the others. Obama didn't declare a national emergency until over 1,000 people in the United States had died from the H1N1 virus. Coronavirus has a 97 percent recovery rate. According to the WHO, over 80 percent of the people who get it show NO symptoms or mild symptoms and get over it. To put things in perspective, in the United States, we had over 20,000 die of the flu this flu season. I think it is being handled better than other pandemics.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Lora Holdings, thanks for a very educative comment. There is no doubt that the conditions in China of eating these animals is a major cause of the spread of the virus. It's about time the world thought about this aspect as China has not made any comment on this matter. This is a good case to quarantine China till it cleans itself up. Trump perhaps like many people did not realise the gravity but now he is bang on. I think his reelection depends on how he leads in tackling the virus in USA.. For an advanced country to have over a 100 deaths is not acceptable

    • Lora Hollings profile image

      Lora Hollings 

      2 months ago

      Although the virus originated in China, I think that there has been a real failure of leadership shown in taking this virus seriously in Italy and now the US. If Italy had taken steps to quarantine citizens early on, got the proper equipment to its health care workers, and equipped its hospitals, and clinics by responding with much greater speed, I don't think you would be seeing the kind of death rates that you're seeing. And for quite some time, Trump downplayed this virus and even told people to go out and party. It has been only in the last week that he is now talking about serious action being taken by state governments to mandate many public places being closed down. Health workers are still having to make their own masks, most are using the same robes over and over again, they don't have enough swabs or testing kits and hospitals don't even have enough beds let alone ventilators. In summary, we are very under equipped and Trump's leadership can be defined as very inadequate at best! The virus didn't escape from a laboratory. It originated with markets in China who are slaughtering wildlife to satiate the demand for some to have exotic food as you have pointed out in your article. These animals were all kept in horrendous conditions. Put in smalls cages together and if one became sick, so did the others. Viruses are very adept at evolving and becoming more virulent, when they have more animals or people that are in close contact with one another. Besides these markets being very cruel to these animals, they also are threat to people's as well. I hope that as a result of this virus, that the Chinese government will finally close all of these inhumane wildlife markets and hopefully, the govt. will finally put an end to the dog and cat meat trade as well! Your article certainly causes us to think seriously about this important issue and what needs to be done in the future to mitigate and prevent these pandemics! Thanks for sharing.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Dear Flourish, thank you you very much for your comment. The fact remains that the virus originated from China and that was because they were careless. On top of it they lied a lot. I completely agree with you that the eating of bizarre foods has something to do with this virus. Who is going to stop it

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      There will be so many dissections of the failure of leadership with this crisis. I don’t consider it a Chinese flu any more than I consider the flu of 100 years ago that killed so many people “the Kansas flu” even though it started there. However, I am upset that they suppressed the truth for so long. So much of the modern epidemics and dangerous illnesses can be traced to how we treat animals. In this case it was the butchering of bats and civet cats in meat markets. What in the world!?!

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Manatita, I like your positive comment. Yes sir, the virus is uniting the world and from that angle, it's a good sign.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Thank you Ruby, I am concerned as to how the big industrialized corporations outsourced everything to China. The result is there to see. The Chinese have been careless and any country which had a greater association with China like Italy has suffered. I hope something good happens soon. In the USA also where I have many relations over 100 have died and I really worry.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Pamela, Thank you for your concern, I am worried because I travel a lot and am now confined to my house. China is an enigma and I really have no solution. Thank you and take care. I am glad President Trump is galvanized into action.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Liza, yes, It's very sad that we all are overtaken by this event. Everyone should stay at home, but for how long? It's a terrible situation. I suffer a lot as I travel a lot and I am just numbed. Thank you for commenting.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh, I do thank you for writing this. It woke me up to the fact that payback is hell. America has lost so many jobs to China, due to greedy corporations using China's workers for low hourly pay. The fact that China may have lost the virus is scary. What will keep them from doing it again? Thanks for your informative article.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      You wrote a good history of this virus and the origins from China. I think there are some things that will never be the same again as this virus hit the world hard. I hope we never get another pandemic but I know thatt is not realistic. Stay healthy, MG Singh.

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      Liza 

      2 months ago from USA

      As much as I hate to say it but, Covid-19 is a horrid thing that is happening around the world right now. My husband and I have to cancel our trip since this virus does not seem going to slowing down. We feel everyone should do the same thing. Stay at home is the best thing we could do to help to break the chain. Stay safe everyone!

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      manatita44 

      2 months ago from london

      Interesting report. When you said 'gift' I immediately thought of God's gift, but you appear to see it in a very practical way. Has its uses.

      I see and get letters of so many acts of kindness in so many countries and I say yes, this thing is bringing us together -- a glory to victory -- the victory of the Divine. Necessary Hub.

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