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China Calls Western Coverage of Pneumonia Debacle ‘Smear Campaign’

China’s state-owned Global Times was in high dudgeon Western media outlets on Thursday slammed foreigners for over-exaggerating the situation to fuel a “smear campaign” over their coverage of a respiratory disease outbreak in China.

of Global Times exploded:

In recent days, Western media has been filled with rhetoric such as “pneumonia of unknown cause,” “mysterious,” and “worrying” when reporting on China’s respiratory disease.reminds me of the beginning of [Wuhan coronavirus] The pandemic followed the same formula linking China to a mysterious pneumonia.

China is was Issues related to the birth of the mysterious Wuhan coronavirus pandemic are not something any Chinese editorial writer wants to discuss. The Chinese Communist Party’s official position, not based on any physical evidence, is that the Wuhan coronavirus originated in Maryland. No evidence has surfaced of any recorded cases of coronavirus outside the Chinese city of Wuhan until the first case was confirmed in the central city in November 2019.

Many people in China are deeply concerned about the spread of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and find it difficult to explain. Foreign publications simply reported those horrors.of Global Times He slammed Western media for simply relaying Chinese news reports and social media posts.

Parents of children suffering from respiratory illnesses line up at a children’s hospital in Chongqing, China, on November 23, 2023. (Costfoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The editorial’s lengthy rant revealed two things about the coverage of the respiratory syncytial virus (as well as influenza and mycoplasma) outbreaks that are so troubling to the Chinese Communist Party. I lied outrageously and destroyed data Amid the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, suspicions that China has mishandled other respiratory illnesses and speculation that China’s lockdowns may return are mounting today.

for example, Global Times Despite being a medical doctor, Chinese government doctors were outraged by the theory that the Wuhan coronavirus lockdown weakened the population’s immunity and set the stage for today’s RSV crisis. major supporter those theories and Global Times China believes Western countries are using these theories to criticize dictator Xi Jinping’s strict coronavirus policies.

Chinese media is expected to praise Mr. Xi’s lockdown as perfect in every way, even though Mr. Xi abandoned it because of an extremely large and active public uprising. Global Times I don’t like it when foreigners talk about how lockdowns weaken our natural immunity.

With the current rapid rise in respiratory infections in China, the term “immunity disparity” has been hotly debated recently. On November 24, Stat News, an American health-oriented news website, reported that “Pandemic-related gaps in children’s immunity explain spike in respiratory infections among children in China, WHO says” He published an article entitled “Speak.”

The immunity gap refers to the gap between non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as school closures, travel restrictions, use of masks in public, social distancing, and isolation after COVID-19 restrictions and containment measures are lifted. This means that it is no longer implemented, leading to a resurgence of infectious diseases. Zhuang told the Global Times that NPIs have been proven to be effective in controlling the spread of not only the new coronavirus, but also many other respiratory infections.

This pattern is not unique to China, but applies around the world. Of course, some Western media outlets are trying to avoid the fact that China is not alone in experiencing a surge in respiratory illnesses.

of Global Times This was followed by a hilarious reiteration of China’s insane conspiracy theory that the Wuhan coronavirus was created as a biological weapon by the US in a military lab. “The United States has an obligation to explain to the world why the Fort Detrick waste leak was followed by an increase in lung injury cases and a mysterious outbreak of pneumonia in the neighborhood, but instead it is Busy launching hysterical political attacks.”

The “increasing number of lung injury cases in our neighborhood” at issue are cases of lung injury related to e-cigarettes occurring in faraway places such as Texas. The Chinese government has never explained the lack of evidence of human-to-human transmission of the e-cigarette-related lung injuries in question, given the highly contagious nature of the Wuhan coronavirus.

The official statement from the Chinese government is that the cold and flu season is completely under control. difficult to reconcile A secretly leaked social media video showing overflowing hospitals has sparked fears around the world that the Chinese government is once again lying about the disease.

Officially reported by US media analysis The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded that China is not dealing with a new pathogen, and say there is evidence for the theory that coronavirus lockdowns are weakening immunity. They also, on the contrary, Global Times” The United States is also reporting an increase in RSV and pneumonia cases.

On Friday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and several of his colleagues sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to restrict travel to China until “we learn more about the risks posed by this new disease.” requested.

“A travel ban now could save our country from deaths, lockdowns, mandates, and more outbreaks later.” Said The letter would not be politely received in a government office. Global Times.

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