Report Shows China Could Have Reduced Outbreak by 95%

( – A report from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom has claimed that the coronavirus outbreak could have been reduced by 95% had China acted on the issue sooner. The report comes as the president continues to label the virus the “Chinese coronavirus,” following attempts by Chinese officials to blame the outbreak on American soldiers.

The report used research made available by WorldPop, a mapping group that created models of the spread of the virus, and showed how early intervention from the Chinese government could have changed the world’s fortunes.

“If interventions in [China] could have been conducted one week, two weeks, or three weeks earlier, cases could have been reduced by 66 percent, 86 percent, and 95 percent respectively – significantly limiting the geographical spread of the disease.”

Just think about that. The efforts made by the Communist Party of China to cover the outbreak up meant that the whole world was impacted by a disease that could have been kept under control.

Don’t forget, this virus appeared last year. The first case was detected in mid-November 2019, but it took some time before the Chinese government decided to act. Media reports on unpublished data from the Chinese government said the Chinese government identified 266 people early on who were suffering from the virus, with the first case being detected on November 17. It took weeks for authorities to even announce the emergence of the new coronavirus strain.

Why the huge delay?

The Guardian reported:

“The Chinese government was widely criticised over attempts to cover up the outbreak in the early weeks, including crackdowns on doctors who tried to warn colleagues about a new Sars-like virus which was emerging in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province.”

The author of the University of Southampton study, Dr Shengjie Lai, explained how the study showed the importance of governments working quickly during outbreaks.

“Our study demonstrates how important it is for countries which are facing an imminent outbreak to proactively plan a coordinated response which swiftly tackles the spread of the disease on a number of fronts. We also show that China’s comprehensive response, in a relatively short period, greatly reduced the potential health impact of the outbreak.”

In the report, the author also explained how the research showed that “improved disease detection, isolation of cases and social distancing (for example, the cancelling of large public events, working from home and school closures) are likely to have had a far greater positive impact on containment than travel restrictions.”

Interesting. So, if China had played fair from the start, we may not be in the mess we’re in now. And, if they’d begun initiating social distancing, we may not even have had to close the borders!