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Post time 2020-4-7 10:16:07 |Display all floors
Weeks of self-quarantine can make people desperate to spend time in the open. And what better place to do so than the mountains with their expansive vistas and fresh air?

Yet it is too early to throw caution to the winds, for the novel coronavirus has not been completely contained. The fear of infections still looms.

It was surprising therefore to see more than 20,000 people flocking to the Huangshan scenic area in Anhui province on Sunday. Such was the rush that the scenic spot management had to issue four notices in a day to remind potential visitors about the site's temporary closure.

Even one asymptomatic person can infect many people in places such as the scenic spot — who in turn can infect many more — and compromise all the prevention and control measures taken by the central and provincial authorities to contain the virus.

And a video uploaded online with footage of the cheek-by-jowl crowd showed how high was the risk of infection at the scenic spot on Sunday.

The entry to Huangshan scenic spot is reportedly free for residents of Anhui province. But given the risk of infection, a free trip to the scenic spot is by any yardstick not worth taking.

People's longing for the outdoors after being confined to the four walls of their homes is understandable. However, people making a dash for parks and scenic spots in many cities need to pause and reflect on the consequences of their hazardous behavior, such as not wearing face masks — some were seen without masks in the Huangshan video on Sunday.

True, Anhui has not reported any new infections for weeks. But that does not mean there is no risk of infections, especially because imported infections and asymptomatic cases both are increasing on the Chinese mainland — from 30 on Saturday to 39 on Sunday, and from 47 on Saturday to 78 on Sunday respectively.

The humongous efforts tens of thousands of medical workers and municipal staff have made to largely contain the virus in China could be wasted if people become careless.

The rules we have been following for weeks still apply: wearing face masks when going out, and washing our hands and disinfecting our clothes when we return home. Taking precautions against infection is the least we can do to ensure the country wins the fight against the virus.

Since the rise of asymptomatic cases on the mainland means the fight against the epidemic is still a challenge, we cannot afford to drop our guard against the virus.

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Post time 2020-4-8 08:06:31 |Display all floors
Not yet.

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Post time 2020-4-8 09:37:57 |Display all floors
No. There is risk of transmitting the virus to birds and animals in Huangshan scenic spot. Then the birds and animals again restart the cycle.

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Post time 2020-4-8 14:22:54 |Display all floors
Scary, all taking risks of infection, especially with many asymptomatic carriers around.

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Post time 2020-4-8 22:14:28 |Display all floors
A rash of 63 new cases in Guangdong and Shandong. Singapore and SKorea attacked again. Japan declares national emergency. It's not over yet. Better be safe now than sorry later.

But sooner or later, there has to be renewed focus on virology and immunology. So told there are another half a million different and new viruses which are harmful so both subjects must be intensively studied on a firmer footing because it's not just about germs but also about economics. Human safety in society has gained importance.

For healthcare, that means taking care of the primary healthcare workers like doctors, nurses and assistants so that they can take care of their patients. Also build up a national fast-response data collection node that can spring into action once outbreak happens anywhere in any form. Third, develop testing aids design capability.  Fourth, be proactively prepared for future unforeseen calamities. Five, streamline reporting hierarchy to get facts and decisions quickly at all levels.                        

The present pandemic is wiping out the economics of the west. With all its government printing mountains of money, there will be too much money chasing too few commodities. Inflationary pressure may build up. Their bonds may crash.

Meanwhile, maintain manufacturing capability first to guarantee domestic demand can be met, second to prepare for global market share in export wherever things and services will be needed, and third, to bend the phase one deal.      

This has nothing to do with enjoying the Anhui mountain air. Yet it has everything to do with enjoying life everywhere anytime.           

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Post time 2020-4-8 23:08:37 |Display all floors

Problem with Chinese mentality!
They forget and repeat, immediately when the wound has just healed with its fresh scar!








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Post time 2020-4-9 19:55:43 |Display all floors
Is it time to let our guard down...........are you 'tarded???

Go ahead Chi-nees, gather around and party.
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Mark Twain

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