I work with a lot folks in China and have quite a few expat and local friends there still. From what I'm hearing the higher level officials are pushing for transparency and quick responses while the lower levels are trying to hide it. That would explain a lot of the actions.
and while all this is going on, all the news here is focused on this farce of an impeachment trial.
things are changing fast. id say this was true before, up until friday. its saturday night now. everyone is worried about this now.
i think its almost overkill how worried everyone is
40 million people don't get quarantined for nothing, and it has been verified to have reached some of the largest population centers in the United States.
Like someone else mentioned, yeah the hysteria can be overblown with some of these cases, but it's not for nothing when inaction can definitely lead to a much worse situation.
I'm impressed by how quickly China moved to quarantine an entire city. Less than a week to quarantine Wuhan. 11 million people. That's like closing off LA. How long would a move like that taken in the US? We'd still be debating it, and politicians would be conducting polls to see how the action might effect public opinion, and the opposition party would be making hay if it to win points for future elections.
China has its issues, but once they decide to take action it's normally pretty decisive.
I would hold off on any praise at this point. We will likely discover that the Chinese knew how severe this virus was over a month ago and pulled the trigger on quarantine way too late. It's also possible that the virus originated at the Wuhan National Bio Lab which is is a biosafety level 4 facility.
They're still not communicating with the CDC and lying like mad to the public according to doctors.
"A doctor was filmed saying the media does not dare to report the true figures of infections in the city of Huanggang, which is near #Wuhan, repeating that 3 local hospitals were filled with patients presented with fever."