On Tuesday, China reported the first confirmed human case of the H3N8 strain of bird flu, a strain which is believed to have caused epidemics in the past.
China seems not learning anything from its deadly COVID-19 blunders…
According to multiple media reports, the first human infection with the H3N8 strain of bird flu was reported from the Henan province of China.
National Health Commission (NHC) of China announced the case in a statement however, it downplayed its risk. They said that the risk of it spreading among people was low.
A four-year-old boy in the Henan province of China was found to have been infected with the virus H3N8 after developing several symptoms including fever, according to the NHC statement.
China’s National Health Commission (NHC) further added that the child was in contact with chickens and crows raised at his house in Henan. No close contacts were infected with the virus, it said.
Speaking about the H3N8 bird flu case, the health commission said that the H3N8 variant of the bird flu virus has previously been detected elsewhere in the world in animals including horses, dogs, birds, and seals. It further added that no human cases were reported about it in the past.
However, other experts warn that the fact that these cases are on the rise among animals — including in the U.S. — means health officials still need to be vigilant.
Alexandra Phelan, Georgetown assistant professor at the center for global health science and security, told the news outlet:
“I do generally believe we need to be increasing influence surveillance globally quite concertedly right now.”
“Apart from H3N8, we have seen a number of other new spillover events of influenza from poultry to people over recent years, including H5N8 in Russia and H7N9 and H10N3 in China,” she added.
If all of these reassurances sound familiar, perhaps that’s because it’s very much like the narrative in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, Laura Ingraham, host of Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle,” tweeted:
“Just a reminder that there’s no reason to believe China is telling the truth.”
Just a reminder that there’s no reason to believe China is telling the truth.
China reports first human infected with H3N8 bird flu strain https://t.co/grvUdBy1O0
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) April 27, 2022
Western Journal compared the recent H3N8 bird flu strain to COVID-19 wherein many Democrats downplayed the virus.
COVID-19 first emerged in humans in China perhaps as early as the summer of 2019.
But by January 14, 2020, Chinese health officials had confirmed there was an outbreak of a new coronavirus that was likely to cause a pandemic — and did nothing, the Associated Press reported.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s regime failed to warn the public as the communist nation prepared for the Lunar New Year that sends millions of travelers through China.
By the seventh day of that week, there were 3,000 people infected with the novel coronavirus that went on to cause a worldwide pandemic.
Even stateside, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was downplaying efforts to stop the virus from reaching our shores as more racism from then-President Donald Trump as late as February 2020.
Though it was clear by March 2020 that the virus was a bonafide worldwide crisis — in part because of China’s failure to stop it — the news from the nation was that they had beaten back the virus and were reopening the wet markets — the supposed origin of the cross-species infection — that same month.
Later mentions of a possible lab leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology were completely taboo until a growing body of evidence seemed to prove the virus came from so-called “gain of function” research that mutated the virus from an animal strain to a human one — but China has still not taken responsibility for that either.
And now, not much has changed in China two years into the pandemic that originated there and caused over 6,000,000 deaths worldwide.
Xi’s regime is still locking down its citizens with the pipe dream of zero COVID-19 infections as the virus rages out of control under the usual secrecy.
Of course, none of this means that the newest avian flu jump to a human is cause for alarm — indeed, there’s a history of these infections that often burn themselves out before ever creating a full-blown public health crisis.
And perhaps there’s a chance China has learned the hard lessons of its past and will handle another potential pandemic with a more responsible approach.
However, without anyone in power willing to hold them accountable for any of these sins, the communist regime has no incentive to do anything differently.
And that’s where the real danger lies.