It was inevitable, and understandable: Nations — United States and Australia, so far — want China to pay restitution for the coronavirus crisis in their countries. You know more countries will join that chorus.
The U.S. is accusing China of a coverup in the coronvirus crisis. They claim China knew in early February that they had a potential pandemic on their hands after the coronavirus allegedly escaped from a Wuhan lab and began to spread in that country. The U.S. is claiming China failed to alert the world about human-to-human transmission of the virus, and instead covered up the fact while they stocked up on medical supplies for their own people — all this according to an ABC News report tonight. The U.S. also feels China could have contained the virus and stopped it from spreading around the world.
If the allegations are correct, it would certainly seem to be gross negligence on the part of some authorities in China. An international court might consider it to be criminal negligence resulting in crimes again humanity, and convictions might end with life sentences.
But should all of China have to pay for the acts of a few people there who allegedly made some serious errors in judgment?
It is a bit of a moot point: China couldn’t pay, anyway. They could only make symbolic payments, and they might very well have to do so before all is said and done.
We’re still in the early days of the coronavirus crisis. There’s a second, more serious wave predicted, as nations start trying to reboot their economies now and more people are out and about again. A third wave next year is also possible, reports say.
Quebec and other places are looking to “herd immunity” as a solution, along with social distancing and other measures. It’s a gamble with an unknown quantity. We don’t know the long-term effects of COVID-19, especially on children who may be asymptomatic. We don’t know the long-term effects on the whole herd, young and older.
So, we will probably see many more deaths from COVID-19 around the world for another year or more, with incalculable costs to humanity.
Nevertheless, the world economies will start rolling again, and COVID-19 deaths will become commonplace — much like mass shootings in the U.S. are commonplace and don’t always make it to Top Stories status in news feeds.
We’re stuck with it. We’ll live our lives around invisible coronavirus bullets, and no amount of restitution from anyone is going to change that.
Meanwhile, I’m not totally convinced that there isn’t a deeper plot behind the emergence of the novel coronavirus. Its rapid spread around the world is highly suspect. Could it have been deliberately spread? By whom?
But that’s another story, and no doubt will be the plotline for novels and movies to come.