Hong Kong: Amidst the unchecked spread of the Coronavirus Across the country, the younger generation of Chinese is the most vexed by the lack of medical services. They are ignoring all health warnings and going all out to invite infections, reported The HK Post.
Their logic is if they get infected and are quarantined at home for 14 days, they will recover and get immunity from the virus. Such immature logic has led to thousands of youths getting the virus, with many also developing complications – a possibility they never thought of. And with no access to health services, they face unexpected hardships.
Furthermore, Chinese people in general are not too enthusiastic about taking China-made vaccines, They suspect the vaccines hardly work and give low immunity levels. Foreign vaccines are available in the black market but ordinary citizens cannot afford the high prices, reported The HK Post.
The government, totally unprepared for the unfolding complications, is, unlike in the past, now a firm believer in the theory of herd immunity coming to its rescue one day or the other. There is no clarity on the number of infections with the communist government refusing to put out any data. Western media claims the infections would be in the millions, and the incidence of deaths would be growing beyond imagination, reported The HK Post.
As things stand, the hospitals are all full, whether government or private. There is no place for more patients to get admission. Getting a bed is out of the question. Walkways and aisles are full of patients lying on damp floors.
The majority of the patients are left to their options outside of the government health apparatus. Millions do not have access to medicine, oxygen, respiratory machines or other medical equipment. The only thing they have access to is a medical drip.
Fears of the elderly losing their life either to the infection or their comorbidities are growing because of these inadequacies. Most of the older patients are in the meantime developing other health complications, especially lung infections, reported The HK Post.
Meanwhile, having spent weeks and months in their homes, the people, in general, are daring to move out with a vengeance. At least in the big cities, they are returning to malls, restaurants and parks, and even queuing up for visas and tourist permits. The state-run Global Times The newspaper declared “normal times are back”, attributing the line to interviews with Chinese.
If normal days are indeed back, it is an uncomfortable return to normalcy for many. For three years, the state-run media presented the virus as a dangerous menace to society, vowing that it would achieve “dynamic zero-COVID” to keep the population safe. But that rhetoric has been turned on its head in recent weeks, with doctors regularly trotting out to call for calm over confusion.
The World Health Organization (WHO), which has largely taken a mollifying approach to China’s lack of transparency, has called the Chinese government out directly. As many countries such as the United States and Australia introduce new testing demands for Chinese travelers, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said these policies were “understandable” in the “absence of comprehensive information” from China.
The WHO criticized its “narrow” definition of what constitutes a COVID death, as top global health officials urge Beijing to share more data about the explosive spread. A media report said China “only lists those Covid patients who succumbed with respiratory failure as having died of COVID”. In the two weeks prior to January 5, China reported fewer than 20 deaths from local COVID cases, according to figures released on the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention ,CDC) website – even as the outbreak has “overwhelmed hospitals and crematoriums” amid apparent COVID surges in multiple cities. Experts fear that a new variant will emerge from China’s outbreak.