I find it interesting that so few people realise how this virus came about, you do not have to be a Dr John Snow of 1850's London to know where the problem originated, it is as I wrote on this subject in early February,.......the back street markets of Wuhan, China.A-Four wrote: ↑Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:29 pmI am a little surprised that we have no reason why or how this virus started, anyone who visits either Shangai or Beijing will really only visit the modern or classic sites of these great cities, a few visit Xian but again to visit classic ancient sites, but no one ever really visits the ordinary street markets, and I do mean live animals of various description, that are slaughtered on site. Remember Chinese people like their food fresh.
Having visited China a number of times now, I know Wuhan reasonably well, once you really move into the interior of China you easily come across poverty, yes most main cities have excellent airports and rail stations, but the mental attitude of the average poor Chinese people is that they will only buy food that is alive in the now almost 'back-street' markets, being that they do not trust the average modern day supermarkets. I am sure some will say this is so in many parts of the world,.........but, in the likes of Wuhan, duck, chicken, fish and other such animals are slaughtered on the spot with the same knife and block,.......hygiene is a joke.
Up until around 2005 tourist were very carefully kept in check, you could only buy from the official government shops, at what was a very high price, you were not allowed to go off the beaten track. In preparation for their Olympics suddenly everything became possible, and that is when the real problem started, and today the government of China will feel the cost to its economy for its failings.
I have spent the biggest part of my life travelling throughout the world, often using Egypt as my base, simply because to travel anywhere else in the world is much cheaper than travelling from the so called European cartel, this has always been so. I have travelled many times in China, and although Wuhan in central China would want you to believe it is very modern, which this is so, but most people's attitude there still have the old world idea of not trusting modern day slaughter methods of animals, even far more primitive than certain markets of Singapore,.....and that is saying something.
I walked along one of these such animal markets, you basically mention the name of an animal, domesticated or otherwise, these were being slaughtered on the very same slab as other, even fish. I was physically sick and left there quickly, but will never forget. It seems to me that it should be China who will come up with the cure, being that they have the full details as to how this virus mutated. God help us if the Americans discover this first, such as Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer who will offer this for the first year to only the very rich.
Having travelled so much in my life, I very often stay in places longer than the average tourist, so I see the REAL life. I think my greatest shock of human life was when I stayed in San Fancisco, the haves and the have-nots. You only realise this after more than a three day stay there.