Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that China misled the world. The virus flared up in mid-December 2019, which is close to the story of Dr. Ai Fen. Dr. Fauci, the lead members of the Trump Administration’s White House Coronavirus Task Force addressing the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in the United States, remarked that “COVID-19 was, in fact, a highly contagious and deadly disease.”
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide is nearing 2 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The death toll is nearly 120,000. The U.S. has surpassed Italy as the country with the highest number of coronavirus deaths, with 23,423 recorded by Tuesday night and almost 580,000 cases, according to NBC News.
After a fall in daily death tolls, Spain and Italy, two countries hard-hit by the coronavirus. This political pandemic has happened for China’s dictatorial government and its harsh censoring policy about the virus. This pandemic is simply unacceptable as China lied with fake data and false news that the coronavirus doesn’t transmit human to human. They had controlled everything, and there is no new death, which was fooled by China. According to The Washington Times report, Dr. Anthony Fauci says that human-to-human transmission of COVID-19 diseases erupted in China in mid-December. But China informed the U.S. and the world that the virus was only transmitted animal-to-human. The U.S. has accused the current government of purposely hiding the virus’ spread. Chinese authorities frightened eight doctors with prison for trying to warn the world on social media about what would become a global pandemic.
The White House says that while China was hiding disease facts, it was also buying up lots of medical equipment around the world to save their people. When COVID-19 spread to other nations and began sickening and killing patients, China also started to use media for disseminating false information through its propaganda tool. They created misleading videos and released the unfounded statement that the U.S. Army planted the virus in Wuhan, The Washington Times reports.
Indeed, at that moment, China’s death tolls were mountainous, and it was 14 times higher, but they did not disclose it. The disease spread to more people in mid-January in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province. The Chinese government said that human transmission was insignificant, and this false information that developed for months the entire world’s protective measure sense, the limit of danger, and the correct approach to tackle the virus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said that both statements were incorrect, and that was the misinformation since the beginning.
For the false information of China, we humans and other animals are now in danger, so this world needs to shake off this virus as soon as possible. But how? Scientists do not know yet.
Instead of lying, China could support this world at this very moment with the actual data and science, not with fabricated knowledge. In this critical time, this sort of crazy political mentality is chaotic and misleading.
COVID 19 is spreading so quickly across the world because of the effect of the globalization process. We are travelling across the world within the shortest time and spreading this virus quickly, and we are acknowledged these factors. This virus-related disease is not a part of nature, so this deceiving approach is unacceptable. Now we recognize this pandemic condition is human-made and unusual, and China did not play its role as a responsible nation.
The statement of Dr. Fauci is accurate if we examine Dr. Ai Fen’s report.
Dr. Ai Fen is a Chinese doctor, the Director of the emergency department of Wuhan Central Hospital in China. She was the first whistle-giver and to suspect the severity of the initial COVID-19 cases. She passed this information on to several M.D.s in her hospital. And Dr. Ai Fen is the first medical personnel to disclose the 2019–20 coronavirus epidemic to the outside world. On December 18, 2019, Dr. Ai came into contact with the first case of pulmonary infection that showed several patchy blurry shadows set in the lungs from a delivery man of the Huanan seafood wholesale market of Wuhan. On December 27, she experienced a second patient, but this individual had no history of association with Wuhan Seafood Wholesale Market. In the afternoon of December 30, the test result of the second patient exposed that he is infected with the coronavirus. When she saw the words “SARS coronavirus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, 46 types of oral/respiratory colonization bacteria” on the test sheet, Dr. Ai instantly reported to the hospital’s public health department and infection department. She marked the word SARS with a circle and took a picture and then she sent it to a doctor at another hospital in Wuhan.
On January 1, 2020, Dr. Ai again reported to the hospital’s public health department and medical office the news of the admission of multiple patients by a clinic owner near the South China Seafood Market, hoping to attract attention. On the morning of January 11, 2020, she heard the news that Hu Ziwei, a nurse of the emergency department, also has been infected. Then Dr. Ai called her superiors promptly, and the hospital had an emergency meeting. In that meeting, the officials asked her to alter the medical observations of that infected nurse, such as “viral pulmonary infection?” to “spread-out pulmonary infection.” This sort of action by the hospital authority indicates a heinous crime and violation of the patients’ rights and humanity.
In a meeting on January 16, 2020, the hospital authority insisted on denying the virus infection that could be transferred among humans intentionally. On March 10, 2020, the People Magazine interviewed Dr. Ai and published her narratives in March. Through that article, Dr. Ai received a nickname: “The Whistle-Giver.” However, the report vanished within three hours of its publication on March 10. She was courageous and spoke out against authorities when she saw a few colleagues and nurses are infected with the same virus. Still, hospital authorities were trying to lie and hid the information. In an interview with the Chinese magazine, Renwu, or People, Ai Fen said that she was reprimanded after she alerted her superiors and colleagues that the SARS-like virus she has seen in patients in December. Since then, Dr. Ai Fen is missing.
In an interview, she said, “If I had known what was to happen, I would not have cared about the reprimand. I would have talked about it to whoever, wherever I could. Dr. Ai’s interview has been posted and quickly deleted from Chinese social media sites. Renwu, the magazine, has removed the article, and Ai is not available over the phone any longer. However, Internet users saved the article quickly and posted a screenshot. It raises questions: why Dr. Ai. Fen is missing now and why China censored her interview report.
The writer is a Doctoral Candidate working on peace and conflict resolution through science at Curriculum Studies and teacher, Development department, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Teaching Assistant, Sociology Department, University of Toronto.