Reports indicating that COVID-19 cases are surging in
China are causing concern that a potentially deadly new virus variant could emerge, even
as genetic sequencing to detect and catch such a threat is dwindling. Unfortunately,
the rest of the world is relatively blind to what exactly is taking place in
China because its government is no longer releasing detailed Covid data. But
the apparent spread has medical experts and political leaders in the U.S.
and elsewhere worried about the possibility that yet another round of the disease
could be on its way, due to the mutating virus.
Among them is Daniel Lucey, a fellow at the Infectious
Diseases Society of America and professor at Dartmouth University’s Geisel School
of Medicine. Lucey stated: “There will certainly be more omicron subvariants
developing in China in the coming days, weeks and months, but what the world
must anticipate in order to recognize it early and take rapid action is a
completely new variant of concern. It could be more contagious, more deadly, or
evade drugs, vaccines and detection from existing diagnostics.” He added that
the world must prepare for such an eventuality so that vaccines, treatments and
other necessary measures can be ready. (Yes, the vaccines have worked so
well thus far. As have the other “necessary” measures.)
China seems to spit out heinous viruses like a Pez-dispenser
distributes candy. It would be nice if the U.S. stopped funding their efforts.
sadly, the truth is that many of our progressive rulers seem to
be longing for “the Good Olde Days” of coronavirus lockdowns, social
distancing, and dramatically reduced human activity. And unchallenged
control of their constituents. Some, such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau, have openly lauded
the Chinese government. Antifa and BLM members surely wax nostalgic for the
heady days of the 2020 riots. And many Gen Z’ers, current and aspiring
Marxists, and garden-variety lazy slugs similarly long for the time when there
was a built-in, airtight excuse for not working.