It sucks that the “Chinese Virus” has ended your normal life forever.
But I hope you can feel happy that the Chinese in Wuhan are living life to the fullest and having a really fun time at the water park.
The sight of partygoers in Wuhan, China piling into a water park without masks or social distancing seems like a cruel joke to nations where no measures, however disruptive, seem to be helping against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wuhan is where the first cases of the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus were first observed in late 2019. The city of 11 million, and much of the surrounding Hubei province, were placed under strict lockdown to halt the spread of the virus. The lockdown included drastic measures such as people getting their front doors welded shut, if one is to believe photos circulating online.
Fast-forward to this past weekend, when AFP published photos and video of an electronic music festival at the Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park.
VIDEO: 🇨🇳 Crowds packed out a water park over the weekend in the central Chinese city of #Wuhan, where the #coronavirus first emerged late last year, keen to party as the city edges back to normal life pic.twitter.com/SJFBmx5sU8
— AFP news agency (@AFP) August 17, 2020
Though local media say the park officially operates at 50 percent capacity, “none of the tightly-packed partygoers were seen to be wearing face masks,” the French news agency reported.
AFP added the official explanation that “there have been no new domestically transmitted cases officially reported in Hubei province” since mid-May, and that the 76-day lockdown had been lifted in April.
Thousands of Chinese ignored the coronavirus and participated last weekend in a techno music macro party at a water park in Wuhan, where Coronavirus disease emerged at the end of 2019, which generated controversy this Monday on social networks. pic.twitter.com/tJKPQq8knW
— David (@DavidPrzMX) August 17, 2020
While nearby countries such as South Korea and Japan managed to keep track of the people infected and suppressed the epidemic without a lockdown, almost every other country in the world has implemented the Wuhan model to some extent or another – and got nowhere near the same result.
The US has now been locked down to some extent or another for twice as long as Wuhan – 154 days as of Monday – though it was originally supposed to be only “15 days to slow the spread.”As a result, the economy has ground to a halt, small businesses have been ruined, and millions are facing eviction for being unable to afford rent. European countries are having similar problems.
US President Donald Trump has rejected the official Chinese figures as fraudulent, even as he has defended his administration’s approach to leave the lockdowns and their severity up to state governors. The fact it’s an election year in the US and everything – including the pandemic – has become viciously politicized doesn’t help.
The Wuhan pool party has now become a Rorschach inkblot test, with both sides of the debate seeing it as proof of their position. The one thing everyone will agree on is that the Chinese don’t seem to be too concerned about Covid-19 anymore.
This is a bit like how white people stole civilization from Africans: once white people stole civilization, they didn’t know how to make civilizations anymore, so they had to live in mud huts without the wheel and plates in their lips – because their civilization was stolen.
Just so, when China sent their virus to America from Wuhan, they didn’t have to deal with the virus anymore, because they sent it out.
Makes a lot of sense when you think about it in those terms, and it all seems really factual and truly accurate.