By all accounts, the coronavirus epidemic is far worse than Chinese officials initially led everyone to believe and continue to claim.
In response to the threat, President Trump authorized a $100 million package to strike against the spread of the virus and support the areas most affected, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed on Friday.
Responding to the WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the public arm of the United Nations currently monitoring the situation. Earlier this month, the WHO declared a global health emergency due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
This was not necessarily in response to what was going on in China but rather the fact the virus had started to appear in numerous other countries, including the United States.
The WHO recently made an appeal to some of the wealthier member countries of the United Nations to donate to help both the people of China impacted by the outbreak as well as to help researchers find a vaccine for the virus.
Trump answered the call for help by pledging $100 million to the cause, both to support the WHO’s efforts and those affected by the virus in China.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated, “This commitment — along with the hundreds of millions generously donated by the American private sector — demonstrates strong U.S. leadership in response to the outbreak.”
The situation has changed dramatically in recent days regarding the spread of the coronavirus. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) recently stated that there has been considerable deception by the Chinese government in terms of how serious this threat really is.
He brought into question both the claimed incubation period of the virus as well as the precise location of patient zero, as officials no longer believe it originated at the originally suspected Wuhan market.
A situation that has also created considerable concern relates to a cruise ship that was placed under quarantine after almost a dozen passengers tested positive for the virus. The latest reports now indicate that roughly five dozen passengers have also tested positive.
Travel both to and from China has been virtually halted, and the United States now has a mandatory quarantine for anyone traveling back to the U.S. from China.
Last, but certainly not least, the Chinese doctor who sounded the alarm about the seriousness of the virus died early Thursday morning, raising more concerns about the true severity of the situation in China.