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Col, your tantrums are noted. Now be nice and behave. Make some friends at the playground instead of commiserating on perceived or actual slights. We have no time for such lamentations. People are dying of H7N9, and the last thing we care about is which nut could or could not have created it. This is an important question though, in order to prevent another such event, but that is for later on.|
For now, the Chinese government should not try to play the act of being a sophisticated scientifically savvy expert on a disease NOBODY can claim to be an expert on yet, and ASSUME that because there is not enough evidence it is transmissible human-to-human on a consistent basis that the evidence proves it is unlikely to be transmitted human-to-human on a consistent basis, because both are equally probable.
To err on the side of caution is the sign of true objectivity and caring for the people, all else is hogwash and pretension. Unfortunately, we are getting more Hollywood style scripting in Chinese politics and science lately than real caring for the people. This kind of artsy grandstanding is unscientific and irresponsible. Wear face masks now if you live in a place with reported H7N9. It won't hurt anybody wearing face masks. Maybe the tourism, hotel, travel and food lobby are putting pressure on the health authorities to be as cynical as possible toward human-to-human transmission, and it may end up being poorly transmissible by human beings. But, why don't they ever ask their conscience, suppose their assumption that it is not transmissible by human beings is DEAD WRONG? Are they willing to be responsible for those deaths from here on?