Before I get into it, I thought it should be noted that we should keep xenophobic talk about food chocies and what not out of the topic. There’s a lot of sensationalist articles going around blaming the outbreak on these things, and it doesn’t need to be here. Also, I’d like to try and keep discussion calm with no talk about ‘ZOMBIE OUTBREAKS’ or other kinds of hyperbolic reactions to the news. These are people who are being terribly afflicted from this outbreak, and it has already led to 17 deaths. There is no reason to trivialize those deaths with jokes and what not.
I’d like to keep the discussion informative and objective, if possible. Which is hard with developing stories like this, but this feels like a big deal to me…
I can’t think of a city in recent memory that has been placed in ‘lockdown’ like this. Wuhan has a population of over 11 million. Which is larger than New York City… I’m assuming ‘lockdown’ means quarantine, seeing as how there is footage of transport centers being closed by the government. There are cases in the U.S., Japan, Scotland, and Korea as well.
There’s also footage of highways being closed down, but that comes from a link I don’t necessarily trust, so it could be inauthentic.
SARS has come up a lot around this story, and while it is comparable, I wonder if a lot of the reaction is due to criticism at how the Chinese government handled that. Quarantine seems like a drastic step to me, because I feel like it might cause more panic than good. Plus, a lot of sources have pointed out that it might be too late. Families are traveling for Chinese New Year, and the lockdowns happened well after a lot of that traveling already occurred.
So, let’s get into it a little. Again, let’s keep discussion objective and serious, and let’s avoid being hyperbolic.