Monday, April 13, 2020
Laurie Garrett indicts Xi JingPing, Trump both in New Republic long article, "Grim Reaper"
Laurie Garrett’s featured long article (paywall after free articles) in The New Republic, “Grim Reaper”, says it all.
New Republic, remember, had a period of ownership by Chris Hughes (Mark Zuckerberg has too much power.) Well, this article might make him wish he still did.
She goes over the best evidence as to how the virus jumped species naturally in late 2019, and how the Chines Communist Party held back evidence and tried to avoid disruption before capitulation by controlling Wuhan, and how the CCP made it harder for western governments to know what was going on.
Nevertheless, the Trump administration enough information by late January to understand that there was community spread in western US, and that this could lead to exponential infections and a health care crisis. To be fair to Trump, maybe it wasn’t as clear that travelers from Europe would provide a greater risk than those from China.
Now almost everyone on the planet is at some risk for serious disease, and the courses of many lives changed forever. This may be the greatest disruption caused by one head-of-state since WWII.By Baycrest - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link