“Ultimately, Wuhan Diary is a worthy read because it presents a first-hand account from an honest, thoughtful, and rational observer who also had the power of words. As the Chinese government is busy portraying itself in the most positive light, suppressing truth and any dissent, Fang Fang’s book preserves the memory of the reality in the ground zero of the pandemic.”
Via The Federalist
The House’s $3 trillion stimulus bill contains a nasty twisty surprise.
“Chapter 83 of Title 41, United States Code is none other than the Buy American Act. That 1933 law prioritizes American manufacturers over others when the government makes purchases. The Trump administration strengthened the Buy American act last year. The Democrats’ bill would waive it permanently, allowing the government to purchase more goods from overseas, unrestricted.
“Advantage: China, the world’s manufacturing hub. Disadvantage: Americans who want to work making things.”
Somebody on the take much? You betcha.
It’s a blanket one: No one over 60 gets a hospital breathing machine should their condition require it. Triage, in other words. Front-line stuff.
“In Wuhan, where the virus first emerged, the whole population theoretically was at risk of becoming infected, but only 3% were.
“The Diamond Princess cruise ship represented the worst-case scenario in terms of disease spread, as the close confines of the ship offered optimal conditions for the virus to be passed among those aboard. The population density aboard the ship was the equivalent of trying to cram the whole Israeli population into an area 30 kilometers square. In addition, the ship had a central air conditioning and heating system, and communal dining rooms.
“’Those are extremely comfortable conditions for the virus and still, only 20% were infected. It is a lot, but pretty similar to the infection rate of the common flu,’ Levitt said. Based on those figures, his conclusion was that most people are simply naturally immune.”
“The rapid economic growth in southern China has led to an increasing demand for animal proteins including those from exotic game food animals such as civets. Large numbers and varieties of these wild game mammals in overcrowded cages and the lack of biosecurity measures in wet markets allowed the jumping of this novel virus from animals to human…”
Just like in On The Beach, the American sub crew waiting in Australia for the spreading fallout from nuclear war in the Northern Hemisphere. We’re the most of us waiting in isolation for the spread of the Wuhan virus. Will we get it? Will it matter?