Recap- When Fear Goes Viral: Coronavirus and the Human Cost of Stigma
China Institute hosted a program on the coronavirus, the on-the-ground situation in Hubei province and throughout China, and insights on what happens next feauturing China and global health experts and a doctor from Wuhan (via Skype). The March 4, 2020 panel on “Coronavirus and the Human Cost of Stigma,” provided perspective on the origins, current status, and future of COVID 19 and other like viruses- and what it all means for global markets, international relations, and interpersonal trust. The doctor from Wuhan also shared her inspiring story about her journey back to Wuhan to help her colleagues battle the virus as it took its toll within her community. Below, we present quotes, photos, and the full livestream event video for your perusal.
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Quotes from the Panel
“The number of cases [in China] have started to drop recently. We have more beds than patients now.” -Wuhan Doctor
“The level of shutdown is higher in Wuhan, and traffic highly controlled. We have volunteers drivers shuttling doctors to and from hospitals.” -Wuhan Doctor
“China did a very good job from a public health perspective; they flagged the outbreak and sequenced the virus rather quickly. Remember, no playbook measures exist for a lockdown of 11 million people.” -Joan Kaufman
“This event has existed at the intersection of press and social media censorship [in China].” -Joan Kaufman
“If you compare China to other coujntries, the [other countries] have more cases. But, [remember], the majority of the population is still susceptible and there is a probability of reintroduction.” -Wan Yang
“There are always things [China] could have done better. Once there is a vaccine, the key is to disseminate it across the world.” -Andrew Mao
“China has a robust medical system- they can mobilize quickly [given their government system]. Not many governments can do that so effectively.” -Joan Kaufman
“This kind of virus outbreak could happen anywhere. The virus is the enemy, not people.” -Andrew Mao
“More than 8,000 individuals from the Wuhan University Alumni Association donated [to our relief efforts]. We raised $1.4M, and most of our donors were not Chinese.” -Andrew Mao
Photos from the Event
Full Video of the Livestreamed Panel Discussion
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Lastly, check out this awesome visual artwork by Sophie Ong of our panel and program.