The 2019 novel coronavirus, now officially SARS-CoV-2 stole global headlines in the opening months of 2020, and its many impacts are still to play out. The common adage, “If the US sneezes, the world catches a cold” is now demonstrable in a multiplicity of ways, but it is China that has sneezed. And that cold is swiftly spreading across the world as the resultant COVID-19 illness reaches pandemic proportions.
This anthology provides insight into the nature of global pandemics such as SARS, MERS, Ebola and HIV/AIDss. It examines ground zero, and the massive effort that China has undertaken to contain its spread, including individual stories of life under lockdown.
But beyond health concerns, the impact on the global economy may be even more grave as China’s industrial heartland, home to many US corporations, is closed off, world airlines cancel flights, tourism falters, large events are cancelled, factory floors empty and global supply chains break down, impacting businesses worldwide, and roiling the prices of stocks, gold and oil.
Other disturbing questions arise:
- Has the morbidity projection been overblown by Western sources and the media to inflict damage on Asian economic competitors, particularly China?
- Has the event been used to fan ethnic aversion and isolate China?
- Who is dying other than Chinese and the elderly or infirm?
- What about blowback and unintended consequences?
- What are the biowarfare implications whether in this instance, or as might be projected for the future, given the spread of BSL-4 level laboratories to many countries, most extensively the US, which now conduct research into germ warfare, both offensive and defensive, putting the entire world at risk of accidental leakage or worse?
Soon after the COVID-19 outbreak was announced and the extraordinary quarantine response by China was effected, it was learned that Event 201, a global coronavirus pandemic simulation was held just months earlier, in which a global coronavirus pandemic killed 65 million people. Distinguished US and international analysts cut through the hype and sensationalism to provide evidence-based answers to the public’s scientific, economic, and political questions about the COVID-19 disease, and the virus that caused it, now renamed by WHO as SARS-CoV-2.