Ever since isolated incidents of ‘coronavirus’ have begun appearing outside of China, much of the mainstream and social media alike have gone ‘coronaviral’ by needlessly spreading fear and panic about the flu-like illness. Yet, the real disease that should be feared is China’s political ideology which may have more to do with the breakout of coronavirus than the virus itself.
As our guest Salim Mansur explains, China has been identified as the world’s premier incubator of new infectious flu strains, including: the 1918-19 Spanish flu, the 1957 Asian flu, the Hong Kong flu of 1968, the Russian flu of 1997, the SARS outbreak of 2003, and most recently, the global spread of coronavirus originating in Wuhan. To Salim, this is not surprising. Having himself visited China from its coastal cities to its deepest interior, Salim has witnessed horrifying conditions unimaginable to most of us.
With entire cities of millions being shut down and quarantined, China’s actions have included rounding up, imprisoning, and even shooting its own citizens who were caught walking in the streets. Remarkably, China’s government has been praised by many Western leaders for its handling of the outbreak.
There is a tragic and outrageous irony in this. In the Western nations, the outbreak of coronavirus has been politicized so as to place blame on the Trump administration in the United States, with the mainstream media and those on the Left going so far as to call it the ‘Trump virus.’ Yet, the only justifiable ‘politicization’ of this outbreak falls squarely on China’s communist regime, and on the globalist politicians who have failed to take the appropriate measures to limit its spread.
More concerning than health concerns about the virus are its economic implications. In the wake of all the fear and panic generated by the media, stock markets plunged and consumers began to hoard commodities and food supplies.
That fear has less to do with contracting the virus than it does with the possibility that our own governments may act in a manner that China did. Many are confusing the medical condition associated with the virus with the political conditions and actions associated with China. After all, no one wants to be caught under quarantine, unable to access basic necessities.
Fortunately, a stock market recovery has already begun with Donald Trump’s assurances that there is nothing to panic about. To be sure, there are still many unknowns and unpredictable possibilities facing us. But what must be immunized against is the infectious politics of disease, or, if you prefer, the infectious disease of politics.
So far, it appears that a good dose of common sense, combined with basic personal hygiene, is the way to combat the coronavirus that is Just Right.
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