Who Is Responsible For The Coronavirus? The World Needs To Know!
It has been almost four months since the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 emerged in Wuhan, China. Looking back at the time in December, did anyone in the world realize they were staring at a pandemic in the face, ready to spiral out of control ready to stretch its tentacles across the globe and infect people in thousands? Well, obviously not because when the world body on health and disease reassures you that what was going on in China was a virus not capable of human transmission echoing Chinese experts, then you never really had much to worry about except wonder how such things happen in that country. But then tragedy struck, and what was supposed to be restricted to one nation, slowly but surely engulfed more than half the world. Today, many of us are still in disbelief struggling to cope with a lockdown even as the infection and death toll increase every second. One recalls again that well-known nursery rhyme that represented a past disease that also killed thousands “atishoo, atishoo, we all fall down.”
1The world needs answers
COVID 19, the coronavirus pandemic has now infected more than 660,000 people worldwide according to the world meter dashboard. The death toll is approaching the 31,000 mark while more than 142, 000 people have recovered as of this moment 29.3.20. The USA and Italy have overtaken China in the number of confirmed cases with both Italy and Spain bearing the brunt of the death toll. It is a sad day for these countries struggling with no respite in sight. In the wake of this viral calamity, one question needs to be asked sternly, Could this have been avoided? It is illogical to deny the blame game because an answer will arm the world against something similar occurring in future. Can any expert worth his salt say it won’t? HIV happened didn’t it? Ebola happened, MERS, and SARS-Cov-1 too. Could they have foreseen then that SARS-COV2 would not?
2Why blame the Chinese? Blame the government of China
An editorial in the National Review of March 18 rightly said “Indeed, we do not blame the Chinese people for the fact that a novel coronavirus cropped up in Wuhan. We blame the government in Beijing for making the problem dramatically worse by trying to cover it up, for its ridiculous efforts to try to shift blame for the epidemic onto the United States and others, and for its ongoing attempts to veil its own shameful incompetence by expelling journalists from the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.”
3The coronavirus timeline overview
If you take a look at the timeline of the pandemic, the coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan in Hubei Province in China. The first case was reported on December 8th and Chinese officials said it was under control. People worldwide began getting reports about a new mysterious pneumonia-like disease in the region. China then alerted WHO (the World Health Organization) on 31st December that a new disease was raging throughout Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people. Subsequently, the city’s Huanan Wholesale Market was shut down on January 1. At the time 60 cases were reported by China.