In his latest video, Chris Martenson says the World Health Organization (WHO) is "derelict" in its duties. He also challenges reports from China on the number of people infected .
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In a comparison to SARS, a coronavirus event in 2003, Chris notes the latest virus spreads before symptoms appear, SARS didn't. But this the data challenge that caught my ear.
Chris looked at Wuhan as a city district, a city of 11 million people, and noted 49,00 beds. He asks, is it reasonable that 2,000 cases would fill all those beds, with hallways swamped with patients and people dead and sick lying in the hallways?
"This takes my BS meter and puts it into orange. ... 2,000 just doesn't fit right"
Shrugging his shoulder Chris says "I'm thinking 10 times that number."
"The World Health Organization has really been derelict. My critique is they were pretending to be the World Trade Organization, not the World Health Organization. They are more concerned about the impact on trade than a public health emergency. "
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Age Group Risk
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Hong Kong Strike
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang traveled to the epicenter of the country’s dangerous viral outbreak to meet infected patients and front-line health workers, signaling the Beijing leadership’s concern as public frustration rises over how local officials have handled the crisis.
The central government website published photos on Monday showing Mr. Li wearing a face mask and swaddled in blue protective gear as he toured medical facilities in Wuhan, a sprawling city in central China where the outbreak began. In one image, Mr. Li appeared to be speaking through a walkie-talkie to a patient on a video screen.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping usually reserves the top position on important issues for himself, but in this instance he appointed Mr. Li to head up the Communist Party’s virus-response task force.
Gee, I wonder why he sent someone else.
Stay Where You Are
In an unusual move, the central government said Monday it was extending the annual Lunar New Year holiday, currently under way, by two days to Feb. 2 to delay the infection risk posed by the migration of tens of millions of mostly rural laborers back to their workplaces in the cities. The manufacturing hub of Suzhou went one step further, ordering people not to come back to work until Feb. 9.
Some of the country’s biggest tech companies followed suit. TikTok-owner Bytedance Inc. issued a notice urging employees in mainland China to work from home until a week beyond the extended holiday. Shenzhen-based games and social-media giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. sent out a note telling local staff to do the same.
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Many of you know Chris Martenson from his economic website, Peak Prosperity.
But even those who do know him, may not be aware that his background includes a PhD in pathology.
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