Pandemics are one of the scariest forms of crisis that exist.
They can affect a great number of people while being utterly invisible.
And one American enemy did something terrifying in the face of a scary pandemic.
The coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China continues to wreak havoc.
The death toll across mainland China has passed 1,000, which means it’s eclipsed the terrifying SARS break out of the early aughts in lethality.
And there are no indicators that the virus is being contained.
In the last week, the number of confirmed cases in China doubled from 20,000 to 40,000.
In fact, China did something quite terrifying in response to the pandemic.
In Beijing, Chinese officials in hazmat suits have begun arresting people in the city.
Video showed a unit of law enforcement in hazmat suits marching suspects away.
Another man was recorded attempting to evade arrest.
In other cities, Chinese officials have been captured dragging people from their homes.
The towns that have been quarantined resemble something out of a zombie apocalypse.
The streets are completely clear.
There’s still a lot of mystery around the coronavirus.
China’s communist government is notorious for lying, so they haven’t been forthright about the severity of the outbreak while they’ve simultaneously resorted to extreme measures straight out of a dystopian novel.
President Xi Jinping, who essentially deemed himself president for life, is attempting to save face in light of this deadly public health crisis.
And it’s not just China that’s infected.
Countries in Southeast Asia have been hit by the coronavirus.
A Japanese cruise ship was quarantined in response to the outbreak.
Even the United States has confirmed several cases within its borders.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) raised the threat level and issued an advisory to anyone traveling to East Asia.
The big mystery, though, is the origin of the coronavirus.
The story pushed by the Chinese government and parroted by health officials is that the patient zero was infected by bat soup at a seafood market in Wuhan.
However, there’s strong evidence to suggest that story is bunkum.
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton pointed out during a hearing that many of the people who were initially infected never came into contact with the seafood market in question.
Further adding to the mystery around the outbreak is that Wuhan just so happens to be the home of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the country’s only level-4 biohazard lab.
Dr. Peng Zhou at the institute is a researcher who’s been studying bats because of their ability to carry deadly diseases without being symptomatic.
The financial blog Zero Hedge pointed out this peculiar detail, and the blog’s Twitter account was permanently banned.
It appears that somebody at Twitter doesn’t want anyone looking too closely at the strange coincidence of bat research at a unique lab in China taking place in the city where bat soup supposedly caused the deadliest outbreak seen in years.