Thanks, China: Wet Markets Gave Us the Coronavirus and They're Back In Business

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Posted: Mar 30, 2020 9:30 PM
Thanks, China: Wet Markets Gave Us the Coronavirus and They're Back In Business

Source: AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery

The start of the Wuhan coronavirus has been traced back to a wet market in Wuhan, China, where exotic mammals in unsanitary conditions are bought and traded for consumption. And, despite what we know about the start of this virus, China has allowed wet markets to reopen, The Daily Mail reported. Even worse, there are no apparent attempts to raise hygiene standards to prevent another virus from emerging.

From The Daily Mail:

Terrified dogs and cats crammed into rusty cages. Bats and scorpions offered for sale as traditional medicine. Rabbits and ducks slaughtered and skinned side by side on a stone floor covered with blood, filth, and animal remains. 

Those were the deeply troubling scenes yesterday as China celebrated its 'victory' over the coronavirus by reopening squalid meat markets of the type that started the pandemic three months ago, with no apparent attempt to raise hygiene standards to prevent a future outbreak. 

As the pandemic that began in Wuhan forced countries worldwide to go into lockdown, a Mail on Sunday correspondent yesterday watched as thousands of customers flocked to a sprawling indoor market in Guilin, south-west China.

At another market in the southern China city of Dongguan, a seller was advertising bats and scorpions for sale.

But the scariest thing: the Chinese seem to believe the Wuhan coronavirus is done and over with, even though countries around the world are grappling with the virus. And it's why life is starting to go back to normal in China.

"Everyone here believes the outbreak is over and there's nothing to worry about any more. It's just a foreign problem now as far as they are concerned," an unnamed Daily Mail photographer said. "The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus. The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures which would never have happened before."

This isn't the first time that infectious diseases have been traced back to animals, the Associated Press reported in February:

SARS and the current outbreak of COVID-19 are not the only diseases in people traced back to animals. The killing and sale of what is known as bushmeat in Africa is thought to be a source for Ebola. Bird flu likely came from chickens at a market in Hong Kong in 1997. Measles is believed to have evolved from a virus that infected cattle.

China was struggling to contain the Wuhan coronavirus back in December. Taiwan did everything in their power to warn the world. Instead, the World Health Organization (WHO) shut them down and failed to alert other countries. 

Even though we know the virus started in China, the communist regime has continually pumped out propaganda, including that the virus originated in the United States. The regime also prevented their citizens from learning about the Wuhan coronavirus becoming a pandemic by censoring keywords on the Internet. To make matters even worse, the WHO has continually pushed Chinese talking points, the main one being that the virus does not transmit from human-to-human (which we now know to be the case). It's also why WHO officials refuse to talk about Taiwan's warnings. 

China deserves to be held responsible for their blatant lies and propaganda. They've been so focused on making themselves look good that they have put millions of lives at risk. Instead of doing what they can to protect humans around the globe, they've only sought to protect their image.