‘Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe the COVID-19 infection numbers are actually much higher than the Chinese government is reporting.
I too have my fears!
So, the pertinent question is, can we trust the Chinese government?’
No one can deny that the world over, more so in China ordinary people are often afraid to report bad news, because the government has allegedly a history of punishing those who do!
For example there are reports that Police in Yunnan province punished medical workers for sharing information about what was going on in their areas.
Most importantly can we now ever forget that dedicated doctor Li Wenliang, who first spoke out about the need for urgent action and shared his observations with medical associates?
The response from the authority was that he was formally reprimanded for rumor-mongering!
That action in itself resulted in a delay of weeks before the problem was taken seriously.
Has anything changed from that tragedy?
There are many countries around the world who behave such!
They threaten whistle blowers; they use the deep state or the security apparatus to harass the former!
Some use draconian statutes!
In this global epidemic we are still told that the Chinese government continues to censor news and social media.
And when censorship is initiated, it not only keeps the rest of the world from being updated on a very dangerous outbreak which has impacted several countries but creates an information gap for the government at the epicenter of the disease outbreak from keeping track of the issues!
Those of us who have addressed crisis management and corporate communication therein know that this is a problem for any organization, to some degree.
People reporting to higher-ups generally try to put the best possible spin on things. If the reports go through several layers of management, the end result could wind up pretty far removed from the reality, from truth matters on the ground or epicenter.
Unless they follow the golden rule of addressing the issue with accountability, good governance and transparency so that the truth will be revealed and that caveats the spins and distortions of the fake news incubators and abusers of the social media!
For now we know that the Wuhan coronavirus has infected more than 45,000 people.
Is that figure correct one may ask?
The death toll from China’s coronavirus epidemic jumped past 1,600, as the World Health Organization (WHO) ironically praised the country’s efforts to contain the new disease, saying they have “bought the world time” and that other nations must make the most of it.
Whatever that means in the common man’s language?
France, meanwhile, reported Europe’s first death from the infection, a Chinese tourist from Hubei province, where the disease, known as COVID-19, emerged in December.
There are claims that the rate of new infections is allegedly slowing in China and is that true again?
But outside of China, new infections continue to grow at an alarming rate.
According to a mathematical model from the CDC, there are reports that China may be under reporting the data.
Among the points emphasized is that the disease is still concentrated in mainland China, with over 70% of the infected residing in Hubei province.
But despite the staggering scope of the outbreak, independent scientists still think China is under reporting the crisis.
There is a trust deficiency issue here!
Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe the COVID-19 infection numbers are actually much higher than the Chinese government is reporting.
I too have my fears!