Wuhan Flu: Who To Blame And Who To Thank
April 1st, 2020 | Spartacus
Canada could end up being one the most affected countries during the Wuhan Flu pandemic, but the chances of us getting through it are a lot higher than most countries. We have top notch doctors and healthcare professionals—but, that doesn't mean it will be an easy ride to the finish. The most vulnerable people among us are those over the age of 60 and those who have pre-existing medical conditions. Some of them may die along the way, which will make the Trudeau government's inaction even more difficult to swallow for many Canadians who will lose loved ones to the Wuhan Flu this year.
Let us start by pointing out the glaring malpractice that has plagued the Canadian government and the many organizations with a responsibility to protect the public.
Blame: The Trudeau Government
Canada, like the United States, was slow to respond with travel bans, travel restrictions and airport screenings. Even after the Trudeau government implemented airport screenings, thousands of Canadians who had returned from abroad through Pearson Airport in Toronto took to social media to complain that no such screenings were evident. The news was eventually picked up by CTV.
Either the Canadian government and border agency were lying, or there was a significant lapse in communication and action between several federal bureaucracies that were tasked with the project.
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Prior to Sophie becoming infected with the Wuhan Flu, the Trudeau government had no travel bans, no public measures and no blocks on immigration in place for China, Iran and Europe. After her infection, the Trudeau government took its time and began the week by making itself “open to discussion” about mandatory 14-day quarantines and complete travel bans. The National Post reported:
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says nothing is off the table when it comes to the next phase of Canada’s response to the spread of COVID-19.
Trudeau told CTV’s Question Period this morning that a discussion about border closures or mandatory screening of all returning travellers will be part of a cabinet meeting today.
The government signalled to Canadians abroad on Saturday that they need to come home or risk getting stuck in the dozens of countries now cancelling international flights and shutting down borders in a bid to stop the rampant global march of the virus.
Trudeau said that the countries that did implement stricter border controls after the outbreak began in China have not cut themselves off from the virus, and the monitoring efforts in Canada have been working to hold back a spike in cases.
By March 15, Canada had more than 300 confirmed cases of the Wuhan Flu, but still no border closures or travel bans. However, the Trudeau cabinet was still “discussing” the options by late evening on the same day. This was the same day that news broke about a lack of screenings for the virus at Pearson Airport—despite the border agency and Trudeau stating that screening and precautionary measures were happening at all international airports in the country.
Outside Canada, the optics were just as bad for Canada, with David Shribman of the LA Times writing:
For days, as the coronavirus swept across North America, Canada dithered. It took comfort in small virus numbers. Universities watched their sister institutions in the United States prepare for remote learning but made scant preparations themselves. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the issue in a laconic way, suggesting everything would be OK.
Then came the report that Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the prime minister’s wife, had contracted the virus.
Suddenly — in a matter of hours — the phrase “social distancing” came into vogue. Schools announced closures. Gyms emptied out. Antibacterial wipes were hard to find. Canadians crowded into grocery stores. Green bananas instantly acquired special value.
To note, it was provincial governments that took action to close schools and limit public gatherings to no more than 50 people. On the morning of March 16, Justin Trudeau was still dithering. Borders were still wide open, there were no travel bans and illegal immigrants were still coming in through the Roxham Road border crossing, unchecked and unscreened.
By early afternoon on March 16, there were more than 400 cases of Wuhan Flu in Canada, with Ontario reporting the biggest spike. Finally, after showing up 30 minutes late for a press conference held right outside the front door of his home, Trudeau announced the decision to restrict travel—but not until March 18, when a travel ban on all non-residents would take effect.
"Either the Canadian government and border agency were lying, or there was a significant lapse in communication."
If you have loved ones with health issues that could make it difficult to survive the virus, you know who to blame. Look no further than the Trudeau government and how it dithered for days while new cases emerged and while travellers from around the world entered Canada without being screened or quarantined. Since the very first case was reported in Canada, the Trudeau government has been more concerned about political correctness and the feelings of Canada's Chinese community.
Thank: Canadian Nurses And Doctors
At the front line, the men and women helping Canada's sickest and most vulnerable have worked overtime to save lives during the Wuhan Flu pandemic. While the Trudeau government has done little to mitigate the damage and infections, it is our doctors and nurses who have had to bear the brunt of this new crisis.
As the number of infections increase, our ERs and urgent care centres will be overwhelmed with patients who may or may not have COVID-19. Had new cases been better contained and incoming travellers screened sooner, they may have had to face a lesser burden. As the crisis grows, so will the burden on our front line healthcare workers. Those who have spent the last month working 16-30 hour shifts may need to work longer yet.
Next time you meet a Canadian nurse or doctor, take the time to thank them.
Blame: The Media
The Great Toilet Paper Scare of 2020 began as a much larger crisis than the Wuhan Flu. This was a phenomenon that swept the globe, not just Canada. While Canada still had fewer than 50 confirmed cases of the Wuhan Flu in mid February, mainstream media was hyping the coming pandemic in ways that would make the hysteria worse than the virus.
The ones most affect by the toilet paper crisis were families and senior citizens who found themselves unable to buy some of the most basic necessities. Following the sell-out of toilet paper, as the Wuhan Flu spread, other basic toiletries and household items began to fly off shelves as a result of mass panic. Over-the-counter cold and flu medications, soap, sanitizer, cleaning products, menstrual products and hygiene products were sold out in many major stores across Canada by mid March.
Being the relentless parasites they are, Canada's mainstream news organizations inflamed the hysteria by convincing Canadians that “shortages” were happening across the country—which, in turn, resulted in even greater hysteria and panicked shopping.
On the other side of the coin, media was attempting to shame Canadians for any prejudices and negative feelings they might have against Chinese Canadians and immigrants. Rather than focus on containing and mitigating the spread of the virus, the Trudeau government and his lapdogs in media were working tirelessly to mitigate the spread of racial prejudices resulting from the virus.
Entering April, Canada has more than 6,000 cases of the Wuhan Flu and only a small handful of reported non-violent hate crimes against the Chinese community.
Thank: Petroleum Producers
If it weren't for the many petroleum and fossil fuel products used in the healthcare industry, the Wuhan Flu would be a lot worse. Much of the COVID-19 testing kits use ELISA to check for genetic material and antibodies produced by the virus—a method which would not exist without plastic and petroleum materials.
The materials, like IV drips and ventilators, that are used to treat severely ill and vulnerable patients of the Wuhan Flu, require plastics and other materials that are dependent on petroleum. The hospitals in Canada, which will soon be overwhelmed, are powered by coal and oil, and—if the Wuhan Flu carries on into the next winter—the same hospitals will require fossil fuels to keep them running efficiently next year. Even in the summer, essential life-saving equipment requires electricity.
Petroleum is also used to produce nearly 75% of sanitation products and cleaning solvents used in hospitals. So, the next time you run into an eco-zealot, ask them how much they value our system's ability to treat and contain the Wuhan Flu. Then, use your hand to block their girly slap when it comes at your face for calling COVID-19 the “Wuhan Flu”.
Above everyone else, China deserves the most blame. The country has been accused of trying to cover up the first major outbreak of COVID-19 in early December. Failing to act when the virus was first discovered in Wuhan, the country's communist government attempted to downplay and hide the severity of the outbreak as it unravelled. China banned media, punished citizens for speaking out in public and allegedly dragged people out of their homes in order to place them in detention and quarantine centres.
The actions and inaction of the Chinese dictatorship worsened the outbreak in Wuhan and their inability to contain the virus without spreading panic allowed more than five million residents to leave Wuhan and disperse across the rest of China. The country's dictatorship then blamed the city's mayor.
Li Yuan wrote about China's failures in the New York Times:
The Chinese people are getting a rare glimpse of how China’s giant, opaque bureaucratic system works — or, rather, how it fails to work. Too many of its officials have become political apparatchiks, fearful of making decisions that anger their superiors and too removed and haughty when dealing with the public to admit mistakes and learn from them.
“The most important issue this outbreak exposed is the local government’s lack of action and fear of action,” said Xu Kaizhen, a best-selling author who is famous for his novels that explore the intricate workings of China’s bureaucratic politics.
“Under the high-pressure environment of an anticorruption campaign, most people, including senior government officials, only care about self-preservation,” Mr. Xu said. “They don’t want to be the first to speak up. They wait for their superiors to make decisions and are only accountable to their superiors instead of the people.”
As our vulnerable and elderly citizens face possible death, we must look at China as the global menace that it is. Following the outbreak, the Chinese government has tried to spread insidious rumours about the virus being engineered by the US military, it has tried to shift blame for the virus elsewhere and it has done little to support the international community and other countries currently struggling to contain the Wuhan Flu and to save their most vulnerable citizens.
China has lied, China has deceived and China has not apologized for causing one of the most devastating pandemics in recent history.
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