Geopolitics

How Not To Handle COVID: Chinese Edition

by Peter Zeihan on January 20, 2023

With any infectious disease, there are two main factors to consider: the average number of people an infected person will infect and lethality. Even with accurate data and reporting, these take time to figure out. But if a country (ahem, China) decides to just STOP collecting the data…well then…oh boy.

Until now, the Chinese have been <<ok-ish>> at collecting COVID data but horrible at reporting it. Throw in nearly a billion people who have been exposed, and China’s new COVID policy is to simply stop collecting the data. Brilliant.

Now, this could have devastating impacts not only on the Chinese but on the rest of the world. OR it could be nothing…I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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