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SARS was an unknown bug - when it was first noticed it had already spread. Yes, there were "some" that could not treat it and tried to ignore it and that made it worse but as one involved to a certain degree I can tell you that the situation in HK and on the island AFTER it had already been accepted by medical associations in other parts of China is more heinous.|
Those that were fired or removed from their posts received this treatment simply because they did not recognize fast enough that what they were dealing with had such a deadly potential.
They were wrong in doing so. They were dealt with and the punishment went all the way to the top.
Hindsight - as so many like to say in regards to other aspects - is 20/20. Perhaps you think that they knew that this never before seen "bug" had the potential to devastate the way it did? Also not fair.
Tell you one thing though that may interest you about who did what and where. In Hong Kong, there was a reason so many people died - and why the ratio of those that died to those that recovered was so different from China.
In Hong Kong, they used a drug called Ribavirin along with steroids. The manufacturer of the drug Ribavirin advised against its use as they had never authorized the use of the drug for such a disease - it was simply a flu drug. The CDC in Atlanta advised against using it because medically it is well known that as many as 25% of users of this drug have an intense Adverse Drug Reaction - they go psychotic! This is not speculation - this is the fact of the drug, look it up. The second major failure made in Hong Kong was the use of steroids. Steroids destroy the immune system - and yet SARS was a disease that attacked the immune system! Stupid thing to do - use one set of drugs that increase the destruction of the immune system and another drug that they were warned against using by not only the manufacturer of the drug but also the American Center for Disease Control!
To compound matters, in April last year, the Frankfurt Institute of Virology published a study in the Lancet that they did of 5 drugs to see if any had any effect on SARS - including Ribavirin - and guess what the study found? Ribavirin had absolutely no effect on the SARS virus replication. Of the 5, only one drug stopped the SARS virus from replicating - only one. Yet in Hong Kong, when the news of the study came out, the HK Health Authority said they would continue to use Ribavirin and steroids - EVEN THOUGH IT IS NOW KNOWN AS A DEATH BRINGING treatment. They chose to ignore completely the study, the CDC, the manufacturer. That is why there were so many deaths in HK.
In China, they tried Ribavirin, found it didn't work, listened to the CDC, listened to the manufacturer and stopped using it.
So where's your recrimination of the Hong Kong?
Far more people - percentage-wise to infected - died there than in China. Why no holier-than-thou jumping on Hong Kong?
How about the island? Months after SARS had been recognized as a danger in China and there were quarantines, deaths, etc., on the island they still allowed what they call "Flu Clinics" to operate. These are clinics on the island that are separate from hospitals where people with a cold or the flu go and sit around with each other waiting for their chance to see the doctor - who could then tell them that they had contracted SARS and everyone else in the waiting room now also had SARS. This was happening still in MAY for f**k's sake.
So where is your recrimination and outbursts against the island? Why no holier-than-thou jumping on the island?
There were many in China that fought SARS successfully and many that died while fighting it - in fact a large percentage of those that died were hospital staff fighting to save lives - but to say that it spread because of lies is incorrect and inflammatory to the extreme!
It spread because nobody had ever seen the bug before. It spread because of one main apartment complex in Hong Kong from where the residents continued to travel to China after they knew they were sick. It spread because it was an unknown, because effective treatment and understanding of methods of dealing with it were unknown.
It spread because unlike China cities, hotels in HK continued to keep their air conditioners on.
As I said, yes, some tried to hide their failure in not being able to treat it, some tried to hide their failure in recognizing the seriousness of it, but to be so simplistic and insulting as to just say it was "lies" is unfair and - have to say it - another indication that you don't know much about it.
Show me where in Dr. Jiang's report did he even suggest it was "lies" - that's your word. Was it mis-reported? Damn right it was - because nobody had ever seen anything like it before. But did people purposely, knowing that it could kill many people, make a conscious decision to lie? Far too simplistic.
Hell, even in Canada it threw them for a loop and people died - and that was after China already had a handle on it.
But lies? No, that is just your hatred of China and lack of real information sneaking out of your keyboard.