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The virus that challenged the world

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Posted By: Hazymac, 2/27/2020 9:17:52 PM

The coronavirus crisis is testing political systems all over the world. In China it is challenging Xi Jin Ping because he 'owns' the system, Melinda Liu writes in Foreign Policy. "The party has something to do with everything in China, especially under Xi Jinping—and suddenly, for Xi, that has become a double-edged sword. As president, party head, and top military commander, Xi has consolidated his authority, centralized decision-making, abolished presidential term limits, and promoted his loyalists. People expect Xi, China’s 'chairman of everything,' to fix everything when it goes wrong." And there's a lot wrong. The virus is devouring the entire Chinese medical system.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jesuslover54 2/27/2020 9:52:24 PM (No. 331663)
The whole thing will have blown over in 3 weeks. These people have no memory!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: hammondb3 2/27/2020 10:29:37 PM (No. 331684)
It's going to end up being just like the flu. Remember, EVERY SINGLE YEAR in the U.S. 17,000 to 41,000 people DIE from the flu. EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Why has the economy never come to a grinding halt with the FLU?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: sanspeur 2/27/2020 11:18:03 PM (No. 331704)
anyone remember the summer of polio ? no swimming pools or beach parties . just inside or yard play , inside listen on your crystal radio ( tacked to the radiator or window frame) .. and church on the radio counted as attendance ..
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Reply 4 - Posted by: 24tea@Mag 2/28/2020 12:55:03 AM (No. 331730)
CHINA needs to come clean and let us know what caused the virus in the first place - maybe then our medical personnel/scientist can find a cure. Secondly Dems need to shut up and take a hike. Trump is not to blame and the House left is a sorry lot.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: DVC 2/28/2020 2:47:47 AM (No. 331770)
A bit overblown at this point. MIGHT happen, might not. As to the death rate, the data we have from China is garbage. They are probably covering up the actual death toll, so the numerator of the fraction is suspect. Apparently many of the deaths are due to bacterial infections added to the viral infection. How many folks in China have undiagnosed TB in a stabilized, long term form? How many have low grade pneumonia? This virus could kick them over the edge, and may not be nearly as deadly in a modern country without so many pre-existing illnesses. Just hard to compare. And they really don't have any idea how many people actually contracted the CoVID-19, they don't have the ablility, or probably even the will, to test everyone, especially those with mild symptoms, so the denominator of the fraction is almost guaranteed to be way too low. Probably tens of thousands who got it and have few symptoms are therefore uncounted. The Chinese death rate is 2%, but likely many more people have it and not seriously ill, or hiding from the authorities, self-quarantine to avoid the Chinese thugs tossing sick people into vans and hauling them off to who knows where. More in the denominator lowers the death rate calculation. Missing infected folks raises the apparent death rate. Too soon to really know very much at all about this thing. Lots of wild speculation, so far.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 2/28/2020 6:39:45 AM (No. 331819)
The Spanish flu... 1918. People infected 500 million. People that died... between 20 and 50 million. 675,000 Americans. USA has not had ONE death from the C-virus. The media is creating this panic... for nothing. I'll die from a lightning strike in the middle of winter before I die from this. Shut up about it!!
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