In China, where the spread of COVID-19 began, only a few dozen new infections are recorded per day. The absence of a second wave in the country was explained by Russian experts in an interview with RBC.
According to the virologist of the Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Anatoly Altstein, this is not related to the manipulation of statistics. “If there were thousands, we would know about it,” he said.
According to the specialist, a slight increase in the number of people infected with coronavirus is associated with high discipline and the effectiveness of quarantine. Altstein noted that the Chinese authorities were able to “strangle the epidemic in the bud.”
Larisa Popovich, director of the Institute for Health Economics at the Higher School of Economics, also named the discipline as one of the reasons. In addition, China has almost completely closed its borders. Also, the population of this country is characterized by great discipline in comparison with the countries of Europe and Russia, the expert said.
In addition, Popovich recalled China's biased statistics. “Here we need to look at the mortality rate and understand how much we trust the causes of mortality that they indicate,” she said, adding that traditional medicine is popular in China, which strengthens the immune system.
An outbreak of pneumonia COVID-19 caused by a novel coronavirus was first recorded in December 2019 in Wuhan. In January, China closed the homeland of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, the city of Wuhan, where the first infected were found. They introduced complete self-isolation for residents, stopped the work of all public transport for two months. All establishments, non-food trade objects, educational institutions were closed.
According to the latest data, more than 90 thousand people infected with coronavirus have been identified in China; 4.7 thousand people died, 85.6 thousand were cured.