The Wuhan Virus: 2022 Edition

By: Adrian Ortega

A medical worker takes a swab sample at a testing booth for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), after the government gradually loosened restrictions on COVID-19 control, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China December 9, 2022. REUTERS/Martin Pollard

On December 2, 2022, there was a surge of coronavirus in China, but this is not the same Covid we all remember.  This is a new coronavirus identified by a Chinese scientist, and it is believed to be the cause of China’s 2022 outbreak. This coronavirus is causing unusual pneumonia in the central city of Wuhan.

Now, it is a wonder how people are getting infected even when China has a strict zero Covid policy which is used to keep Covid cases as close to zero as possible.  So, to make sure of this, the government implemented mass testing, quarantined the sick in government facilities, and has imposed extremely strict lockdowns that span a range of entire cities. Even though this method has kept them safe, people are starting to get tired of it, which means that there are exposed to this virus since they are starting to go outside. Around 64% of China’s population could have this virus, but there is no way of knowing for sure as China has stopped sharing their statistics.

Before, China stopped releasing information, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that China was underreporting Covid deaths, only reporting 80,000 deaths, while WHO officials estimated at least a million Covid-related deaths in China this year. This virus is also believed to be like some of the prior viruses collected from bats.  At the same time, China has reopened their border, allowing the virus passage to other countries.

In current time, WHO officials also hope that China will release their true statistic’s and cooperate with the rest of the world.  Hopefully, people will start abiding by China’s Strict zero Covid policy, but until then, all we can do is hope that the current situation in China is just a fluke.

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