China Reopens Wet Markets Regardless of the Risks
While here in the West, we see an increase in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths, the East, or primarily China, where the pandemic originated, is beginning to recover. Reports from the communist nation say that the virus has been defeated, allowing businesses to reopen and the economy to slowly regain the ground it lost.
However, one of the first industries in China to fully reopen its doors to the public is thought to be the initial cause of the pandemic: the wet markets.
These atrocious open meat markets are places where exotic and domestic animals and critters of all kinds can be found. You name it; you can probably find it there. Cage after cage of dogs, cats, scorpions, bats, spiders, monkeys, frogs, etc. line the crowded walkways, just waiting to be slaughtered and sold as food or for medicinal purposes.
The whole thing is far from sanitary. The cages are rusty, with animals crammed inside for hours and hours on end. And don’t even get me started on how the animals are killed, “cleaned,” and served.
A Daily Mail correspondent based in China said that “Everyone here believes the outbreak is over and there’s nothing to worry about any more It’s just a foreign problem now as far as they are concerned. The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus. The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures, which would never have happened before.”
But it’s not just the unsanitary conditions of the market that are cause for problems. It’s the “food” or animals sold there.
According to NPR, researchers have found bats are quite possibly the most dangerous animal to humans because they are known to carry about 400 strains of known coronaviruses. COVID-19 is one of them. SARS, which ravaged the world’s population in 2002 and 2003, is another one.
And both are believed to have begun with human interaction with bats. So either someone ate or simply came into physical contact with one.
And the number one place to do either of those is at a Chinese wet market.
NPR reported, “That means 400 potential candidates to spark another outbreak. After all, a coronavirus causes a massive outbreak in China back in 2002.”
But China has refused to close or ban the wet markets, even after experiencing severe physical and economic losses. Instead, it would rather hide their existence, much as it did when COVID-19 first began there.
Doctors were prevented from talking about it. Outsider reporters, especially those from America, were banned from the country, and the number of cases and deaths was kept from the public eye.
Even now, the number of confirmed cases is suspected to be many times higher than what the communist regime allowed to be reported.
As far as the newly wet markets go, pictures are no longer allowed to be taken, and those that do get taken down as soon as they are found. Not even talk about the markets is permitted online within the country.
China has to know these meat markets are dangerous. Why else would the government be hiding them from the eyes of the world?
However, China may not have any other choice but to close those markets down soon, as many nations are demanding change. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is among several top British officials who are upset with China, not only for their complete mishandling of the virus but also over their dangerous wet markets.
One British official, who wants to remain anonymous, has even gone so far to say that there will be a “reckoning” in store for China after the spread is over, according to the Daily Mail.
Senator Lindsay Graham is also one against the wet markets. He and others are demanding the these “gross” and “disgusting” markets be immediately closed.
He told Fox News on Tuesday, “I’m going to write a letter to the World Health Organization and to the Chinese ambassador asking them to close the Chinese wet markets. These are open-air markets, where they sell monkeys. They sell bats. We think we – this whole thing started from transmission from a bat to a human. About the last three or four pandemics have from the Chinese wet markets.”
And Graham rightfully threatened, “if you don’t shut those wet markets down, our trading relationship is going to change.”