The situation in Shanghai, China, a city of some 26 million people, continues to grow dire and has finally opened up the eyes of those who endorsed zero-COVID-19 policies over the past two years.
Let’s look at a couple of the horrible things that are happening:
- People are starving having been locked in their homes for weeks due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
- Children are being forced to quarantine separated from their parents.
While the Twitter medical community and media that thought the New Zealand and Australia Zero-COVID-19 policy was the greatest thing since sliced bread not so long ago, harshly critiquing protestors as law enforcement brutalized the public, now appear to be taking a less forgiving look at what’s happening in China.
As one physician tweeted after two years of pro- COVID-19 restrictions tweets: Managing Covid is really really difficult. But I’m pretty sure the ultra strict lockdown in #Shanghai is not the answer.
He went on tweeting on a different day: I think, two years in, I can finally say that yes, the Zero covid fanatics are just as crazy as the anti vaxx Covid deniers. Early on, zero covid looked possible, and the virus was utterly devastating to a non immune population. Things have changed so much that zero covid is just not realistic and would come at an unacceptable cost to society at large.
It took you two years to figure that out?
However, it appears nutritionist and Twitter scaremonger, Dr Eric Ding still doesn’t get it. He tweeted earlier: WELP—deniers can no longer deny that the crisis in Shanghai has hit a new level when even the US state department **orders** the evacuation of all Shanghai Consulate non essential employees and family. Still think it’s just the flu? Still think food crisis not real?
Food crisis in Shanghai? The people are starving because of the horrific government policies that Ding endorsed extensively for years gaining fame on Twitter. It is entirely government created.
Change the policy and the people will eat.
The pandemic and the virus has always required perspective. Looking at the numbers in Shanghai for April 11, no deaths were reported, while the number of cases have only increased since the start of the lockdowns more than two weeks ago.
Anyway, the US State Department has responded with a travel advisory for China:
Reconsider travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws and COVID-19-related restrictions. Do not travel to the PRC’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), Jilin province, and Shanghai municipality due to COVID-19-related restrictions, including the risk of parents and children being separated. Reconsider travel to the PRC’s Hong Kong SAR due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws.
On April 11, 2022, the Department ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and all family members from the Consulate General Shanghai consular district due to a surge in COVID-19 cases and the impact of restrictions related to the PRC’s response.
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