Coronavirus: A Humanitarian Crisis

[1]Caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the still ongoing pandemic have already killed more than two hundred thousand deaths and infected the other three million people worldwide. The outbreak, first identified in Wuhan in December 2019 and declared as an International Public Health Emergency on 30 January, and a pandemic on 11 March by WHO. It's the worst pandemic since modern times.

The virus, just like the SARS-CoV-1 in the 2003 outbreak, can spread between people during close contact, mostly via small fatal droplets produced by coughing, sneezing, or talking. Other spreading methods like surface touching have been reported, and there're viruses detected in Paris' water-supplying system. The patient becomes most infectious after three days, without symptoms revealed, making this virus extremely easy to spread without notice.

Common symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, and loss of smell. Severe patients will suffocate and die, if not taken care with ventilators. The virus has no known vaccine or specific antiviral treatment, and a higher severe rate, causing shortage in medical supplies as masks and ventilators.

The pandemic has caused the largest global economic recession since the Great Depression, and humanitarian crisis, as widespread shortages in medical and living supplies, exacerbated by panic buying. Misinformation about the virus has spread online, and there have been incidents of xenophobia and discrimination against Chinese people and against those perceived as being Chinese, or as being from areas with high infection rates.

Governments and residents are the two definitive factors of the epidemic situation of a country. Only when they both do their jobs can the disease be under control.

Proceed from actual conditions in China and the United States. After a delay caused by short-sighted malfeasance officer, the Chinese government took remarkable strong actions to contain the outbreak. Medical workers were sent from whole mainland China, and Hubei province sacrificed most, with a nearly three months' lockdown. Government set up module hospitals and containment facilities, each for severe patients and mild virus carriers.Chinese citizens in the whole world offered volunteer help to support the containment during the lockdown. Key life-saving industries made their ways to resume production, with their staff volunteered to cancel vacations and work overtime. People gave up their old traditions and stay at home to stop spreading.

However, in the United States, though China and WHO have warned about the severity of the virus, US president Trump only cares about his votes. To revitalize the broken economy, Trump ignored the virus and trumpeting on returning to work, until the US becomes the center of pandemic, with one million infections. Today's White House tenants even use the precious epidemic prevention materials, like ventilators, during the epidemic, to suppress the Democratic-led states that not voting him. Trump has even recently made his infamous ridiculous remarks about "disinfectant injection", and the same time, Pompeo is stabbing China, through the fictitious "All China's fault" theory, by deliberately provoke hatred and opposition, and repeatedly undermine international epidemic prevention efforts, to cover up the fact that the US government has no intention to fight the epidemic. These White House tenants stood idly by in the prevention and control of domestic outbreaks in the United States, and ignored the lives of the American people to pursue Republicans' political interests.

The United States has the finest medical resources in the world, and top medical research facilities like Oxford and John-Hopkins are located there. And as early as 28 January US CDC have developed the test kit for coronavirus. Despite this, the United States had a slow action to fight the initial outbreak. Testing was heavily delayed by defective test kits produced by the federal government in February, and US goverment is keeping social forces from making test equipments themselves by delaying the issuance of permits. US citizens cannot get the test themselves, until the early March, with a doctor's approve. By 13 March, fewer than 14,000 tests had been conducted. On 22 March, the Associated Press reported that many people with symptoms and a doctor's order still had to wait hours or days to be tested.

In the face of pandemic, the United States are deliberately disturbing the entire world's anti-epidemic situation to make the world pay for its own deaths and economic recession. Recently, US secretary of state Pompeo even prompted “cutting off supply” of the WHO. This action extremely harmful to the global epidemic, especially to the least developed countries and vulnerable groups. The epidemic has already caused trauma to all mankind, but the US government continues to attack Countries like Iran and Cuba, by cutting off their medical and finantial supplies, which has led to greater humanitarian crisis.

Though the coronavirus epidemic is a worldwide disaster for the entire humanity, we need to keep our eyes sharp to distingush, which countries have made every effort to save their people and even the world from being killed, and who are tying everyone onto his own express of chaos to hell.

  1. 这是英语的小论文。 ↩︎

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