Stop and think, 2020 is already nearing its end. The year has been about a menacing virus outbreak that brought the world to its knees. It is like “The Walking Dead” series just became real.
The novel coronavirus started making headlines from the beginning of 2020. What first popped up in Wuhan, a city in China, spread all around the globe in the bat of an eyelid. There were appalling videos circling the web, and awful photos were revealed. No, the people didn’t suddenly realize that keeping up with a fit and fettle health is a need of the hour. Upon digging deep, the viral attack was reckoned more like the Ebola outbreak, only way more dangerous and more contractible.
If you remember scrolling through the pictures and videos that were all over social media, you certainly get the idea of how the outbreak caused death in minutes. People were strolling around and doing their usual chores, when all of a sudden they start dropping off like flies. Before anyone could fathom, the person on the ground was already dead. Scary, isn’t it?
Well, the entire world is battling the viral storm now.
One of the very first snapshots shared by The Guardian shows how a man was lying dead on the streets of China. There were no bystanders whatsoever. In fact, health workers were on the spot, clothed in protective suits and masks to take the body away.
A man with grey hair, wearing a face mask, lying numb and dead on a street with a plastic carry bag in his hand was a horrid picture. However, the snap sure was a petrifying reality. There was a handful of medical staffs, geared in protective suits and masks, all set to take the body away.
At first, no one could possibly come to the conclusion about how the man died out of the blue. Soon, the internet was flooded with images and videos. What came into the limelight next was alarming. A deadly virus has crippled the entire country of China. It would strike people in seconds and lead to death.
Wuhan, with almost 11 million in population, was closed off and barricaded. Describing it as a “Zombie Land” wouldn’t incorrect. People were dying left and right. It was a terrifying sight.
Pictures of people falling like flies — dead, and videos of these circumstances kept popping up on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter, among others. It is pretty strange since all of the aforementioned sites are banned in China. The question bugging many minds here is, how did these photos become viral on blocked social media sites?
Soon after, the authorities in China declared a complete shutdown in the country. This was aimed to put a stop to the spread of the deadly virus. Only a few months later, Beijing claimed that the virus has been successfully warded off. Of course, brutal and deferring measures had to be executed to bring the spread of the virus to a grinding halt.
The message was first relayed by the Chinese Communist Party. They had clearly voiced out that all countries across the globe must follow the protocols of a lockdown right away. It is the best and most promising way to nip the virus in the bud, and stop the spread of this contagious virus. Frankly, the panic trick worked pretty well.
No country had much time to contemplate. The CCP’s advice was followed, and most countries chose to implement a complete lockdown.
There was an article in the New York Times documented by @Paulmozur that stirred a lot of questions. It seemed that he was a whistle-blower. Did anyone think about the roots of the virus or its prime genesis?
As elucidated in the article, the Chinese Community Party took a smart tactic and opted for social media. They launched one of their biggest campaigns in Italy, showcasing the deadly impacts of the coronavirus and how sticking to a lockdown was the only safe bet. The campaigns made social media circles by the end of March.
Although every country is battling the odds of the pandemic, no zombie situation was witnessed anywhere. Someone walking like a fine person, going about his day with no plausible symptoms, suddenly topples on the ground and is dead. Doesn’t this appear strange? At least, no collapses of such kind have been witnessed in any part of the world — apart from China, of course.
Months have gone by. Researchers are still studying, trying to dig deeper into the genesis and impacts of the virus. People are still vulnerable, but the symptoms are gradually scaling down. Patients of COVID-19 are strictly recommended for an incubation period that lasts anywhere from 4 to 7 days. If shortness of breath or any other threatening symptoms appear, they are hospitalized right away.
To conclude, the “Zombie-Wuhan” stories don’t make any sense. There’s no biological evidence. There is only the fact that the pandemic is taking down the world. There are too many questions, while the answers remain few and almost non-existent. The images and videos appearing on social media platforms globally are a huge question mark.
It is not new for China to set afloat campaigns that preach nothing, but present misguided information about the coronavirus. The “Zombieland” narrative of Wuhan city should be probed and looked into. It is quite possible that the campaign was deliberate, feeding wrong information to the audience of the West.