[ExI] Low Omicron numbers in China

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Sat Jan 8 00:59:25 UTC 2022

Just posted this on Zvi Mowshowitz's blog:

It's worth noting that the CCP staked a strong claim to being superior to
other governments on their ability to contain the virus they deny having
made. Their 50-cent army of propagandists have been incessantly crowing
about how great the CCP is for being able to effectively stamp out the
virus that brought the mighty US down. There is a lot of face to be lost if
this achievement was to fail in a visible way, and in China face is
everything. And of course the CCP can also fake almost every number that
comes out of China.

Given the above I would not be surprised if their currently low numbers
were a stage of denial, when there is already enough Omicron going around
but still low enough to pretend that containment works. At some point the
mass infection wave might become impossible to hide but even then they
might just stop testing and pretend it's just some sniffles, not the big
bad Covid.

A lot of strange things can happen in China.

Rafal Smigrodzki, MD-PhD
Schuyler Biotech PLLC
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