COVID-19 is rearing its ugly head again, with cases rising in pockets around the globe. In Los Angeles County, where I live, officials are threatening to reinstate a mandatory mask ordinance. How this will impact travel remains to be seen, but what is going on in China provides a painful lesson to every traveler…and human of good conscience.
Horrifying Video Of Chinese Man Dragged Out Of His Home Spotlights The Lingering COVID-19 Problem
A disturbing video has gone viral of alleged Chinese authorities in white hazmat suits dragging a man out of his home as his wife looks on in horror.
The man wanted to quarantine in his home, not a quarantine facility. Chinese officials in Hangzhou were having none of that and showed up to his house to drag him out. Hangzhou is a beautiful city…but oh how that city and that country has been turned upside down over the last few years.
The two men in hazmat suits scream, “Put the mask on!” even though he was isolating in his own home. Wrapping their hands around him, they yell at him to “cooperate.” The distressed man then continues to try and escape, but the authorities clamp onto his wrists and legs. He tries to grab onto the sofa, yelling, “Don’t push me! Are you crazy?” But the two eventually overpower him and he is dragged out.
No folks, it is not simply that China does things differently. China does things wrong. China, with its near-sighted policy meant to protect Xi Jinping ahead of his unprecedented third term, has created a far greater mess that directly impacts those beyond its borders.
I am heartened by the protests springing up across China, but those will not impact Xi. Just yesterday Xi made clear that he will not accept any western vaccines, preferring to rely upon the ineffective Chinese-made vaccines that was not developed to treat Omicron.
Now China’s daily COVID-19 numbers are approaching all-time highs (Pandora is out of the box) and ironically China is loosening some restrictions (like needing a daily negative COVID-19 test to travel on public transport). Should China re-open, over 200 million are predicted to contract COVID-19 with over two million dying.
And we’re talking now folks. This isn’t 2020. Do you really think China can remain locked down forever?
Why the focus on China on a travel blog? Because just as we rue the human rights abuses in Qatar during World Cup, we should condemn what is going on in China right now…as world travelers and people of good conscience who give more than lip service to human rights.
The next few months are going to be a roller-coaster. The pandemic may be over, but COVID-19 is still very much with us and as authorities weigh new protective measures against populations that have no appetite for them, the coming days could be unpredictable…especially for world travelers.