Wuhan, China — Benjamin Wilson (Louisiana), who lives in Louisiana and a Chinese city, first discovered the Covid-19 virus a year ago.
Wilson said: “If I live in the United States, I will be very scared.” Wilson has lived in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, for nearly two decades. “I really don’t think I will be who I am now, worrying about my family more than myself.”
The English teacher said that there is a sharp contrast between his homeland and his adoptive family. He said that although he endured more than 70 days of strict lockdown, it sometimes made him feel almost “imprisoned”
Now, Wuhan has become “one of the safest places in the world.”
Data from the Department of Veterans Affairs shows that so far, more than 338,000 people in the United States have died from the coronavirus, more than anywhere else in the world. Americans have died in fighting during World War II.
Although many health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have warned that the epidemic in the United States will only get worse.
President Donald Trump’s administration has been criticized for its poor response to the public health crisis that defines 2020. Trump held a mask-free party, appeared to be promoting unproven viral treatment, and later tested himself positive.
Trump insists that he has taken early measures to stop the spread of the virus, including banning certain foreigners from entering, including those from China. Despite this, the United States ranks among the top in the world in terms of the number of coronavirus cases and deaths.
At the same time, state media reported that Wuhan conducted a large-scale test on its total population of 11 million in June, and recently began vaccinating the city’s main population.
The government says that in China, a country of approximately 1.4 billion people, the virus has killed more than 4,600 people, most of them in Wuhan—although experts say statistics should be treated with caution.
Earlier this week, a national blood antibody study showed that more than 4% of the 11 million people in Wuhan have been exposed to the coronavirus, 10 times the official record in mid-April.
It is undeniable that this virus has caused more damage to the United States.
Epidemics are “handled properly”
A year later, the streets of Wuhan were buzzing. A new exhibition full of photos and interactive displays pays tribute to Wuhan’s fight against the virus, attracting thousands of tourists.
At the same time, residents said that they have government agencies to thank the return of quotidian life.
Yang Xiuhua, a 67-year-old retiree, told NBC News: “Now, this epidemic has been properly handled, and our lives have gradually returned to normal.”
The state-owned Global Times reported that China transferred resources and expertise from across the country and mobilized nearly 43,000 medical personnel from January to March, which was the country’s largest medical support operation since 1949.
But the ghost of this virus still looms over Wuhan. Li Chuanbi, 70, said that although he can now exercise in the park and meet with friends, he remains cautious.
He said: “If I tell you that I am not worried, it will be a lie.” “People are worried that the pandemic will go viral again.”
Many people in Wuhan still wear masks. In this city with the Yangtze River, companies check the temperature and provide disinfectants. But shops and restaurants buzzed, schools opened, and the streets were crowded again.
The shocking photos show a rapid rebound and are all the rage on social media.
When the DJ stepped onto the stage, one of the depicted swimmers was crowded inside the Wuhan Water Park-an impressive image of the epicenter of the original virus, and Covid-19 continues to disrupt the lives of billions of people around the world.
Not without criticism
Nevertheless, China’s handling of the pandemic is not without fierce criticism.
The timeline of early events has been scrutinized and raised questions about whether Beijing has acted quickly to warn the World Health Organization about evidence of human transmission.
The first batch of unexplained diseases was reported to the WHO office in Beijing on December 31. According to the WHO, detailed information on “viral pneumonia of unknown cause” was provided on January 3, of which 44 patients were confirmed.
There are also reports that the ruling Communist Party of China suppressed information about the virus. After the police called the doctor Li Wenliang in the chat group, he was disciplined. Lee later died of Covid-19, which triggered a public outcry. The government posthumously awarded him a “martyr”.
On January 23, local authorities blocked Wuhan, while other parts of China were also blocked. A few months later, in April, the city was unlocked, and this fierce response seemed to have worked.
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Another victim of the coronavirus is the already fragile relationship between China and the United States. The pandemic has accelerated their decline.
The global health agency denied that Trump accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of acting as a “Chinese puppet” and did not warn the world about the virus. In July, the United States officially announced its withdrawal from the World Health Organization.
Trump usually uses racist speech to further aggravate people’s dissatisfaction. They call the pathogen the “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus.”
China denied that the White House did not provide evidence that the virus may have been made by a Wuhan laboratory or spread by accidental leakage.
Health Organization officials said that the World Health Organization will lead 10 international Covid-19 investigators into China in January 2021 and plan to visit Wuhan. The fact-finding team will explore issues such as the origin of the virus.
However, with the divergence between trade and technology, the relationship between the world’s two largest economies has plummeted since the outbreak. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned Washington and Beijing in September to “make every effort to avoid a new Cold War.”
With the deterioration of relations between the two superpowers, American Christopher Suzanne stated that he “clearly” made the right choice to return to Wuhan during the pandemic because of his family in the United States. The member has been infected with the virus.
The 34-year-old teacher has lived in Wuhan since 2009. After baptizing his infant son in northern New York, he and his family returned to the city in March.
He told NBC News: “Like in Wuhan, this is simply a success story in a horror story.”
He said: “For a family, it’s hard to say goodbye. I don’t know when or how I can see them again. But my inner decision is easy.” He is anxious to return to his wife’s house. The family is in Wuhan.
Although the blockade is not good for his mental health, Susanna said that he is now back to work and feels that life is returning to normal.
But he admitted that the virus has worsened relations between Washington and Beijing.
Susanna looked at the United States from a distance. He said that his fellow Americans seemed “too divided.” If people cannot agree on the basic principles of whether to wear masks, the person in the White House is irrelevant.
He said: “I am worried about my family.” “It hurts me.”
Janis Mackey Frayer reports from Wuhan; Adela Suliman reports from London.