Atheism and the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic

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Electron microscope scan of a coronavirus, so-called due to the crown-like filaments on the surface.

A coronavirus is any of several viruses affecting either animals or humans, and named for the crown-like spikes on the surface of the viral cell. Coronaviruses affect the upper-respiratory tract, causing infections ranging from mild to severe, such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

Origin of the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic and the dietary habits of Chinese atheists

See also: Dietary practices of atheists and Cat slaughtering practices in China and Atheists and dog meat eating and Atheism and rodent eating and Atheists eat babies meme

Each year thousands of dogs are stolen in China and as many as 20 million dogs are killed in China to satisfy the dog meat industry.[1]

According to ABC News, gruesome techniques are used in Chinese dog slaughterhouses.[2]

China has the world's largest atheist population and it practices state atheism.(see: China and atheism).[3]

Most atheists in the world are East Asian (see: Asian atheism).

China has the world's largest atheist population and practices state atheism (see: China and atheism).[4][5] China has one of the highest rates of atheism in the world.[6][7] Most atheists are likely East Asians (see: Asian atheism).

The Washington Post reported:

China failed to learn one of the most important lessons of the SARS outbreak 17 years ago, that wild animal markets are a potent breeding ground for disease with the possibility of ailments jumping to humans, health experts say.

SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, was thought to have originated in masked palm civets, tree-dwelling mammals native to parts of Asia. The trigger point for the current coronavirus remains unclear, but China has linked the outbreak to the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, which despite its name also appeared to be selling live cats and dogs, wild chickens, snakes and marmots.[8]

CNN reported:

In western markets, shoppers can buy beef, chicken, pork, and, if they're lucky, perhaps some duck or bison.

But the options in China can be a bit more exotic. Vendors in small city markets often sell wild animals including rodents, yak, snakes and even porcupines, and experts say that makes them far more dangerous. The meat could contain deadly pathogens like the coronavirus.

Highlighting those fears, Chinese officials announced on Sunday that the trading of wild animals would be temporarily suspended in hopes that would help contain the outbreak.[9]

Some researchers believe the deadly coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China may have originated in snakes like the Chinese cobra pictured above.

Philly Voice reported:

In the case of this 2019 coronavirus outbreak, reports state that most of the first group of patients hospitalized were workers or customers at a local seafood wholesale market which also sold processed meats and live consumable animals including poultry, donkeys, sheep, pigs, camels, foxes, badgers, bamboo rats, hedgehogs and reptiles. However, since no one has ever reported finding a coronavirus infecting aquatic animals, it is plausible that the coronavirus may have originated from other animals sold in that market.

The hypothesis that the 2019-nCoV jumped from an animal at the market is strongly supported by a new publication in the Journal of Medical Virology. The scientists conducted an analysis and compared the genetic sequences of 2019-nCoV and all other known coronaviruses.

The study of the genetic code of 2019-nCoV reveals that the new virus is most closely related to two bat SARS-like coronavirus samples from China, initially suggesting that, like SARS and MERS, the bat might also be the origin of 2019-nCoV. The authors further found that the viral RNA coding sequence of 2019-nCoV spike protein, which forms the “crown” of the virus particle that recognizes the receptor on a host cell, indicates that the bat virus might have mutated before infecting people.

But when the researchers performed a more detailed bioinformatics analysis of the sequence of 2019-nCoV, it suggests that this coronavirus might come from snakes.

The researchers used an analysis of the protein codes favored by the new coronavirus and compared it to the protein codes from coronaviruses found in different animal hosts, like birds, snakes, marmots, hedgehogs, manis, bats and humans. Surprisingly, they found that the protein codes in the 2019-nCoV are most similar to those used in snakes.

Snakes often hunt for bats in wild. Reports indicate that snakes were sold in the local seafood market in Wuhan, raising the possibility that the 2019-nCoV might have jumped from the host species – bats – to snakes and then to humans at the beginning of this coronavirus outbreak. However, how the virus could adapt to both the cold-blooded and warm-blooded hosts remains a mystery.[10]

For more information, please see: Dietary practices of atheists

Wuhan coronavirus epidemic: Tens of thousands of pets in China to be slaughtered by authorities

See also: Atheism and animal abuse

Atheist, Chinese leaders mishandled the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic during the critical early period

China and its atheist controlled government

See also: Atheism and communism and China and atheism

Flag of the Communist Party of China

The Communist Party of China has one party rule over China.

Atheism is a core tenet of militant communist ideology (see: Atheism and communism). In 1955, Chinese communist leader Zhou Enlai declared, "We Communists are atheists".[11]

In 2016, the International Business Times reported:

A senior Chinese advisor on religious affairs has said the country should promote atheism throughout society, in remarks that appear to reflect a deepening campaign to reinforce traditional Marxist values in China — and could add to concern about official attitudes among believers in the country’s five officially recognized religions.[12]

In 2014, the New American website indicated:

The Communist Party of China (CPC) is letting its members know that the party’s official adherence to militant atheism has not changed; Party members are not allowed to be Christians, or to hold any other religious beliefs. That is the clear message sent by a top Party official in an editorial published on November 14 in the Global Times, the international version of People’s Daily, the official newspaper and mouthpiece of the CPC.[13]

China's atheist leaders mishandled the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic during the critical early period

See also: Atheism and leadership

As far as the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic, Corrupt, Chinese, atheist leaders squandered the period where they could have controlled the coronavirus outbreak better due to trying to cover this matter up during the critical early period (See also: Atheism and leadership).[14][15] Guan Yi, an expert on viruses at Hong Kong University, said, "I think we have passed the golden period of control and prevention".[16]

Chinese health care system and the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic

See also: Atheism and medicine

Chinese healthcare system

See also: Atheist hospitals in China

St. Basil of Caesarea founded the first hospital. Christian hospitals subsequently spread quickly throughout both the East and the West.[17] See also: Christian hospitals

Healthcare in China is made up of public and private medical institutions.

China's hospital system and general health care system overall is currently experiencing a crisis as evidenced by the New York Times article China’s Health Care Crisis: Lines Before Dawn, Violence and ‘No Trust’ (See also: Atheist hospitals).[18]

The New York Times article China’s Health Care Crisis: Lines Before Dawn, Violence and ‘No Trust’ declares:

Well before dawn, nearly a hundred people stood in line outside one of the capital’s top hospitals.

They were hoping to get an appointment with a specialist, a chance for access to the best health care in the country. Scalpers hawked medical visits for a fee, ignoring repeated crackdowns by the government.

A Beijing resident in line was trying to get his father in to see a neurologist. A senior lawmaker from Liaoning, a northeastern province, needed a second opinion on her daughter’s blood disorder.

Mao Ning, who was helping her friend get an appointment with a dermatologist, arrived at 4 a.m. She was in the middle of the line.

“There’s no choice — everyone comes to Beijing,” Ms. Mao, 40, said. “I think this is an unscientific approach and is not in keeping with our national conditions. We shouldn’t have people do this, right? There should be a reasonable system.”

The long lines, a standard feature of hospital visits in China, are a symptom of a health care system in crisis....

The country does not have a functioning primary care system, the first line of defense for illness and injury. China has one general practitioner for every 6,666 people, compared with the international standard of one for every 1,500 to 2,000 people, according to the World Health Organization. [19]

China's healthcare system under serious strain during the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic

See also: Atheist hospitals and Christian hospitals

The New York Times published an article about atheist controlled, mainland China entitled ‘What if We All Get Sick?’: Coronavirus Strains China’s Health System (see also: Atheist hospitals in China and Atheism and medicine and Atheist hospitals). Research performed by Thomson Reuters indicates that in the United States, Christian hospitals are superior to secular hospitals.[20]

Chinese authorities arresting people reporting on the epidemic on social media

Containment facilities for Coronavirus patients in Wuhan, China.[21]

People reporting on social media about the true extent of the disaster from within the Wuhan containment zone risk arrest by Chinese Communist Party.[22] The Wuhan outbreak and the leftists regime's handling of the crisis has led to questions domestically about the legitimacy of the communist government.[23]

The Epoch Times reported:

The outbreak of Wuhan coronavirus has made many mainland Chinese realize that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its media mouthpieces do not tell the truth or tell the whole story. Social media users in Wuhan, especially doctors and nurses, share their experiences and post videos on social media to alert everyone of the true situation, which the authorities find embarrassing.

According to Xinhua News, the Chinese regime’s main newspaper, China’s most popular social media WeChat published a notice on Jan. 25 announcing new regulations and punishments for “those who spread rumors about the new form of pneumonia.”

“A variety of unsubstantiated comments posted to the internet constantly stir up public panic,” the notice read, “All those who spread fake news and thus disturb social order will face up to three years in prison, detention, or disciplinary action. Those who have caused serious consequences will be given 3-year to 7-year prison terms.”

The notice also claimed that WeChat is now working with a “rumor defying agency” to refute and delete any rumors appearing on WeChat. Accounts of those users found spreading rumors may be suspended.

A leaked document from Cyberspace Administration of China also stated that starting on Jan. 26, all social media groups are forbidden to publish any news about Wuhan pneumonia that are not from official sources. The police will arrest all those who spread unconfirmed news.

Freelance writer Jiang Lijun revealed on Twitter on Jan. 26 that his WeChat account was permanently closed because he called on top officials of Wuhan City and Hubei Province to apologize for their actions and step down, and posted several articles about Wuhan pneumonia.

Ever since medical researchers identified the new coronavirus, local authorities have been working to dispel rumors and make arrests. As a result, residents of Wuhan were uninformed about the disease and didn’t institute preventative measures until the whole city was put into lockdown.

When the new WeChat regulation was announced, Chinese netizens became outraged. One person wrote, “The officials’ information blockade is precisely the reason that caused Wuhan pneumonia to spread quickly. How shameless you are to continue silencing whistleblowers.”[24]

A migrant worker tries to save his village from the coronavirus — and gets arrested by Chinese atheist, communist government

Xi Jinping is the President of the People's Republic of China, current General Secretary of the Communist Party of China which requires that all their members be atheists.[25] See: China and atheism and Atheism and communism

The Los Angeles Times reported:

When Gao Fei warned members of his family about the deadly virus sweeping their way, he never suspected that they would laugh at him, or that he would end up being arrested.

The migrant worker had left Hubei province last year to freelance as a welder in southern China. His family members stayed in their village in Qichun county less than two hours’ drive from Wuhan, the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 210 people and infected more than 9,700.

Gao sensed something dangerous was coming. He had breached China’s firewall to follow online news of the coronavirus as it emerged this month. He immediately began messaging his parents and siblings, including his brother, who drove a taxi between their village and Wuhan every day.

“Stock up on food, masks, disinfectant and medicine. Wash your hands. Don’t go to Wuhan!” he told them. They laughed. No one even knew of the virus in their hometown, they said, and nobody was wearing a mask. Gao, 33, sent a pack of surgical masks to his brother anyway. He felt helpless and enraged.

Gao was arrested Wednesday after tweeting that President Xi Jinping should resign over the government’s handling of the virus. The tweet about Xi disappeared, but another one he’d written earlier, as authorities announced new penalties for “spreading rumors” about the virus outbreak, remained: “Bring it on. This is a confrontation between a government that neglects life and a people who are saving themselves. Truth is our greatest weapon for our own salvation.”

Gao’s predictions have come to pass as the coronavirus spans continents and leaves China’s already overburdened medical system straining under a health emergency that has steadily accelerated. The communist leadership is entangled in its greatest medical and political crises in years, even as it attempts to assure other nations that all is under control.[26]

See also

Notes

  1. The Chinese Government Must Stop Pet Dogs Being Stolen For Meat by JERRY GADIANO, Unilad website
  2. Chinese Dog Meat Festival | Undercover Cameras Reveal Brutality Chinese Dog Meat Festival | Undercover Cameras Reveal Brutality, ABC News, YouTube
  3. *Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics (Zuckerman, 2005)*A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, Washington Post By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey May 23, 2013
  4. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics (Zuckerman, 2005)
  5. A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, Washington Post By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey May 23, 2013
  6. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics (Zuckerman, 2005)
  7. A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, Washington Post By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey May 23, 2013
  8. Coronavirus outbreak underscores potential health risks in China’s wild animal trade, Washington Post
  9. Chinese officials crack down on wildlife markets as coronavirus outbreak nears 3,000 cases By Alicia Lee, CNN
  10. The new coronavirus outbreak in China may have originated in snakes by HAITAO GUO, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH; GUANGXIANG “GEORGE” LUO, UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM, AND SHOU-JIANG GAO, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, Philly Voice
  11. Noebel, David, The Battle for Truth, Harvest House, 2001.
  12. Senior Chinese Religious Advisor Calls For Promotion Of Atheism In Society, International Business Times
  13. China’s Communist Party Reaffirms Marxism, Maoism, Atheism, New American, 2014
  14. Wuhan Mayor Says Beijing Rules Partially Responsible for Lack of Transparency, Wall Street Journal
  15. Chinese Virus Spreads | Hong Kong Anti-Communist Rally, China Uncensored
  16. 'This time I'm scared': Experts fear too late for China virus lockdown
  17. The Christian origin of hospitals
  18. China’s Health Care Crisis: Lines Before Dawn, Violence and ‘No Trust’ By Sui-Lee Wee, New York Times, Sept. 30, 2018
  19. China’s Health Care Crisis: Lines Before Dawn, Violence and ‘No Trust’ By Sui-Lee Wee, New York Times, Sept. 30, 2018
  20. The Superiority of Christian hospitals
  21. https://nationalfile.com/china-posts-video-of-hospital-trailers-with-steel-bars-on-windows-locks-on-outside/
  22. China Issues Harsh Warning to Silence Social Media Postings on Wuhan Pneumonia
  23. The Wuhan Virus Could Hurt the Party’s Legitimacy
  24. China Issues Harsh Warning to Silence Social Media Postings on Wuhan Pneumonia
  25. China’s Communist Party Reaffirms Marxism, Maoism, Atheism, New American, 2014
  26. A migrant worker tries to save his village from the coronavirus — and gets arrested, Los Angeles Times