Western hypocrisy over the China coronavirus issue is laid bare by Jeff Brown on the Titanic Lifeboat Academy,
25 deaths in China gets national and international attention – 6,600* deaths in USA goes unnoticed and without any kind of unified governmental action.
I hesitated to share this post initially because the figures are too fantastically high and in no way match the official figures, until you think about where they came from and the circumstances surrounding the subject.
*Actually, the latest figures for the current week estimate deaths at 8,200. This from the CDC website – see the blue ‘Key Points’ box:
“CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 15 million flu illnesses, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths from flu.”
“Estimated deaths”? Why ‘estimated’? In a supposedly ‘developed world’ nation? It’s because, well partly because, such reporting of disease as there is, is voluntary in the US. But mostly I reckon, because so many Americans can’t afford medical and hospital treatment. So basically it is just a guess. The official death figures, which lump pneumonia along with flu, are very much lower – hiding the problem.
So, the US has no real idea how many of its citizens die from illness each year. But I think they would certainly know, without having to scramble around for data, exactly how many tanks, planes, ships, soldiers, bullets, shells, bombs and missiles they have – or what they pay for them. It’s a question of priorities and individual human citizens don’t figure too highly on that scale.
Yet most Americans would still be of the opinion that their country is a role model for democracy, is my guess.
In China, 25 out of some 1.3 billion matter. In the US, 8,200 (and that figure will rise every week until possibly September) out of some 300 million, don’t seem to matter at all.
What more is there to say?