I recently watched a video by a German doctor. He said that COVID-19 was all hype. He said it was “a normal flu.” He said “the emperor is naked.” Well, we’ve heard similar arguments from Sean Hannity on Fox, and from Rush Limbaugh.
How might we analyze these claims?
The idea that COVID-19 is a “normal flu” does not explain the facts. Why, in China and Italy, were the hospitals overwhelmed by so many pneumonia patients that they ran out of beds, ran out of respirators, and had to decide who lives or dies? This does not suggest a normal flu outbreak.
As conservatives who are skeptical of big government, we are inclined to believe that the mainstream media exaggerates existing problems. But that is no reason to deny basic facts.
A massive spike in serious pneumonia cases occurs when the COVID-19 virus exponentially spreads through a population. This explosion of pneumonia cannot be explained as “media hype,” or “medical hysteria.” Pneumonia is not an hysterical illness. The government and the media did not cause the hospitals to fill up.
Let us look at the case of China to see whether there was “hype.” At the outset, when the disease was beginning to spread, the CCP threatened doctors for noticing a spike in pneumonia cases. Doctors were told to shut up. The government actively attempted to suppress information about the outbreak, as if people would not know what was happening and die quietly without any fuss.
But people who have trouble breathing will go to the hospital, so the hospitals in Wuhan were flooded with pneumonia patients. When Chinese authorities realized what was happening they built new hospitals, brought in beds, mobilized army doctors. Despite these measures Wuhan was still overwhelmed. So they barricaded people in their apartments.
Does this sound like a normal flu?
The Chinese Communist Party wanted the problem to go away. They did not care about deaths in an overpopulated country. What, then, was their ultimate plan? They wanted seriously ill people to die at home. So they made it known that the hospitals were places of death. Therefore — from the Communist Party’s point of view — depriving hospitals of additional food, for example, would dissuade the sick from seeking care. People were no longer inclined to die among strangers. Better to die quietly at home. The CCP now orders people back to work. The problem is solved.
What about public anger? What about doctors who criticize the CCP? In respect of this, the Ministry of State Security is very efficient. Everyone in China must shut up about the pandemic. Courageous doctors have been executed. Independent bloggers have been arrested. The remainder are afraid to speak out. The political situation, therefore, is stabilizing. The CCP is more confident than it was two weeks ago.
The problem of the pandemic, for the People’s Republic of China, is now solved. Everyone is forced back to work on threat of arrest. The elderly are dying off in record numbers — to the relief of the pension system. Meanwhile, the CCP has a bigger fish to fry; that is, getting ready to exploit the economic collapse of the West.
In North America and Europe, an economic implosion is ongoing. Western governments — with their pretense of compassion — must intervene to save lives. Here is the logic of social democracy. If 20 percent of persons over 80 are threatened with death, let us close borders, shut down cities, collapse economies. Watch as these measures cripple the United States and Western Europe.
The welfare state is an albatross around the neck of the West. With an aging population we were already bankrupting ourselves with “health care” spending. Now comes rapid bankruptcy — on the fast plan.
China’s new virus is a very shrewd asymmetrical weapon. Xi Jinping will force China to accept the extra deaths, so that China will come through it. The West cannot adjust so easily.
COVID-19 is not an ordinary flu. It is a weapon. China’s ruthless leaders can overcome its economic effects. The West’s leaders are struggling.