I read a lot of research papers, basically for my own self-education and I’ve been following coronaviruses since the SARS + MERS “epidemics”. For a long time its been apparent that we would continue to see coronavirus epidemics and that we needed a different approach than vaccines in combating them, because they mutate so rapidly. Even if we come up with a vaccine, its likely we’ll still keep seeing new SARS variants, the more and the faster people travel, its likely the more we will see them spread.
The existence of a research lab in Wuhan that studies zoonotic illness, (which was actually collaborating with US labs in doing (controversial) research on bat viruses) also became the subject of a lot of speculation, as indeed it should have.
I also thought about this lab last year when Wuhan was rocked by protests against the building of a huge waste incinerator there.
Its still unwise to attribute blame to anybody. It also really matters little, given that now this virus is out in the wild. Its likely that we’ll never be rid of it, quite possibly necessitating a change in how people behave, given that I can hop on a plane and in less than a day be anywhere else in the entire world.
So, give the misinformed poor people a break. They have to feed their kids - they are looking at losing everything they own, as well as their only connection to their only home they ever had, in many cases.
They deserve some compassion. Only the most wise and responsible scientists should have the power to make decisions on things like this, politicians are among the last people who should have responsibilities like that.
No doubt Trump was thinking of all the US manufacturers with plants in other countries when he insisted that it was not an emergency, knowing that US firms costly investments in production lines would be offline - shut down because of unsafe working conditions a bit faster if we ourselves shut down factories here. That’s what all that stuff was really about.
Expensive equipment is probably seen as more important than human lives now. That’s the way it was in the past too. Its kind of a problem inherent to the system we have now.
Look up “force majure” and the law of contracts in the international setting. US companies have an exceptional amount of investment in countries like China.
Its entirely possible that due to coronavirus, literally millions of businesses around the world will have to be redesigned to improve ventilation and keep people from breathing others exhaled air.
Entire neighborhoods where people live very close to one another, sharing air shafts and subways and so on, become much less attractive places to live. Unless you absolutely have to.
This is impacting a lot of peoples, as well as businesses.