The ability of Australia’s Chinese community to segregate themselves from the rest of the Australian population may have limited the spread of the Wuhan virus in this country.
During the height of the outbreak in China, many Chinese citizens were continuing about their daily lives oblivious to the risks of the Wuhan virus. Worse still, the Chinese New Year celebrations were in full swing and this annual celebration is said to trigger the world’s biggest migration event. Chinese custom is to return to your home town for New Year’s celebrations. This assisted in the spread of the virus.
The spread of the virus in China was accelerated by a corrupt Communist government and the timing of the outbreak coinciding with the Chinese New Year. In Australia, we were free of the virus until Chinese citizens infected the nation by travelling to Australia between November 2019 until the time serious travel restrictions were put in place in early February.
Despite the travel restriction coming into place rather slowly, the infections rate is currently manageable. Big Kooka believes the relative containment of the disease up until now is due to the inherent racism of the Chinese community in Australia. The Chinese tend to congregate in specific suburbs where there are many people of their own ethnicity. Of course when white Australians flee the major cities to live in suburbs with more people of the same ethnicity they’re accused of racism. But that’s another story that readers of this blog would already be wise to.
Reports of Chinese businesses struggling due to lack of patronage here in Australia began to emerge in early February. Restaurant owner Steven Zheng of Melbourne suburb Box Hill said at the time that:
“The last couple of weeks have been quite difficult. Box Hill used to be quite a vibrant place, but the issue with the coronavirus and the spread of rumours in the area in regards to people contracting it here … has affected us dramatically,”
This means that ethnic Chinese in Australia who are the regular customers at those restaurants began avoiding contact with other Chinese earlier than the Australian Government took strict measures. Given that the story is dated 8th February 2020 and Zheng claimed the business had been struggling for two weeks that means Australia as a whole has been acting to negate the spread of the virus since late January. In contrast the virus was allowed to go unchecked in China for months and the Communist Government finally took drastic measures around the start of February when they began spraying down streets and buildings with disinfectant.
If our information is correct and the virus originated in Wuhan in early November, and the disease infection rate spiked in China in mid February, Australia should expect to have its peak period around mid May (first Aust cases reported Jan 25) and begin to quell daily infection rates from then on. But this is assuming that Australia’s infection rate follows a similar trajectory as China’s. Admittedly there are many variables that can affect the spread of Wuhan virus and the truth about whether the racism of Chinese Australians has limited the spread of the disease here will only come to light in the months ahead.
Other Factors Affecting Virus Infection Rate In Australia and China:
China locked down Wuhan City using draconian martial law methods (people welded into apartments and locked in by authorities) that won’t be used in Australia. This clamped the door on infection rate.
China has much more high density apartment living, and a larger population living in close proximity to one another, which aids the spread of Wuhan virus.
Public transport traffic is not used as much in Australia, this can work in Australia’s favour.
Availability of hand sanitiser in public places in Australia far outnumbers the availability of hand sanitiser in China.