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RE: Is Europe Probably Overreacting to the Outbreak of the Coronavirus?

in Project HOPE2 years ago

Dear @gandhibaba

Europe isn't overreacting. If anything - most countries reacted to slowly.

I'm proud (for the first time in many years) of our Polish authorities. Which introduced quiet strict measures and focused on building social awareness of the problem.

Unfortunatelly for places like Italy or Spain it's already to late. So many people out there will suffer great pain. Thousands will say good bye to their lifes, in pain and agony. Feeling desperate, shocked and alone. Far from their families and anyone who care. Knowing that they will not receive proper burial.

Seeing those events unfolding here is seriously terryfing. Mortality rate doesn't matter. Noone should compare dying with family around you, doctors taking care of you, without pain ... to this torture that those people are going through.

diseases like Malaria and Typhoid kill over 800,000 people each year in Africa
and the countries involved are carrying on business as usual.

What means 'carrying on business as usual'? I would say that business in Africa doesn't really function the same way it does in EU. So perhaps it's not heavily affected. Majority of population lives in poverty and is jobless. Not paying taxes. People with no human rights. So unfortunatelly deaths of those people do not affect economy.

It's absolutely different in developed areas, where humans are an asset. They work, pay taxes, own properties and companies. That changes a lot.

Also it's important to underline, that doctors and nurses out there are also PEOPLE. We don't want to end up with hospitals overcrowded and those who work there to start breaking down mentally.

The answer I think is NO.

Glad you said that. For moment I wasn't sure if we're on the same page.

Yours, Piotr

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What means 'carrying on business as usual'? I would say that business in Africa doesn't really function the same way it does in EU. So perhaps it's not heavily affected.

By that I mean economic activities continue as usual, perhaps because those diseases are not infectious, easily infectious like Covid-19. The world, including Europe, is generally dealing with worst diseases but there is no standstill. That point was made to put things in perspective, not underplay the novel virus.

Majority of population lives in poverty and is jobless. Not paying taxes. People with no human rights. So unfortunatelly deaths of those people do not affect economy.

I fear that your comments above are Eurocentric, to say the least. Point of correction, there are poor people in Africa but they are not in the majority. Jobless people are also not in the majority. Majority pay their taxes with defaulters, maybe not as much as Europe. Most people own their own houses and do not pay rent. Their death will not affect economy? Really? Are they animals or chicken? All lives matter, friend.

If anything - most countries reacted to slowly

Maybe you mean some European countries acted slowly. As for Nigeria, an Italian man brought it into the country. We quarantined him alongside the 179 people he had contact with. We treated the man until he recovered. Today, Nigeria is Coronavirus free. If most countries in Europe had acted like Nigeria, the whole economy will not be on the brinks as we now have it.

Cheers friend.

I agree with other points you have raised here. Thanks. We are on the same page.