First and foremost I want to say I am fine….. and all my friends are fine. Now let’s talk about the crazy stuff going around about this virus. First of all, there are not 4000 or 90K or 100K people who have died from this virus…there have only been around 60 people….56 to be exact. With the population in China, more than that many people die everyday of natural causes. The people who have died due to the virus were already dealing with illnesses that had weakened their immune system.
Now… it did start in Wuhan at a fresh market…. These kind of markets are all over China….usually they have beef, pork and fish… but every now and then you will see rodents, snakes, rabbits, bats, etc. Most of the time people just pass by these items. However, once in awhile people will buy them to see how they taste or because some are considered delicacies. Before everyone gets all holier than thou… please remember in America people eat snakes, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, alligator, and a lot of other silly stuff. Just because eating rats, bats and monkeys arent common place doesn’t mean they aren’t just as dangerous. I heard a woman say it was evil that they ate raw animals…. If I recall people eat raw beef and raw fish all the time.
Now…. The reason this has become a big ordeal is the timing. It just happens to be the Spring Festival Holiday… the largest holiday in China. The holiday when everyone travels back to their hometown to see their families and kids. So, that is why it is spreading so quickly, people are going back home and taking their illnesses with them.
Due to the fact that the illness takes about a week to see symptoms, most people figured they just had a common cold. The government wasn’t hiding it from people and people were not purposely trying to make other people sick. It amazes me the stories I hear…. Someone even said you can catch it through your eyes….. lol …. Lord.
Right now the government is taking all precautions… No one can travel in or out of Wuhan and surrounding cities. They are screening everyone that gets off planes, trains and buses in every port and even anyone has a fever or signs of the virus they keep everyone on the plane to make sure everyone is okay. It has delayed flights and stuff… but they are doing what they can to crack down on the spread.
We have already been notified that this is not even close to being as bad as SARS. People are just really freaking out for no reason. I have been here through bird flu twice, H1N1, MERS, and eboli and they all start out with a worldwide panic and all kinds of crazy rumors. It’s getting so bad that if you get caught spreading some fake news or rumors the police will come arrest you. It just makes people panic for no reason.
My personal opinion, it normal nature’s way of thining out the weak and elderly. It happens all the time…. Just like when people die from the flu or the common cold.
Yes, it’s sad that some people have died from it, and yeah, getting sick sucks ass. But what can you do, its life. I am personally tired of people freaking out about it…I promise you in a couple weeks…no one will even talk about it anymore.
Until next time