My Take: By Michael Boriero

My Take: By Michael Boriero

When I moved to China in 2014, one thing that immediately stuck out to me was the amount of people I saw wearing masks every day.
It was completely foreign to me. Coming from Canada, I had never seen that. I thought it had to do with the pollution that effects many of the country’s biggest cities.
I was told that it actually has more to do with protecting people from spreading or catching viruses. They wear masks to protect others and themselves. Genius, right?
I suspect we’re heading down the same path. I think masks are here to stay, whether we like it or not. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that a virus can spread like wildfire.
I’m not saying everyone will carry a mask with them once this pandemic is over. I just don’t think it’ll disappear anytime soon.

 

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Frank Sterle Jr.
Frank Sterle Jr.
19 days ago

Apparently, the little rights and freedoms accorded to its people (and maybe even internal/external big business) by the Chinese government has its positives; for example, the relatively short duration of China’s Covid-19 outbreak crisis. About 17 months ago, I watched in amusement TV images of some citizens being literally dragged (one or two invertedly!) back into their residences to help contain virus transmission.

More importantly, before China might be successfully externally compelled to do anything, the compelling source likely must first possess a consumer base thus trade import/export bargaining chip compatible with that of China, with its nearly 1.5 billion consumers. Military threats, however few there have been made against the nation over the last half-century, seem to not intimidate Chinese officials. The only other thing that might have an effect on them is the economic via the international market place.