China Announces a New Virus and the Media Response May Be Just as Shocking

Li Xueren/Xinhua via AP

Good news, everybody. China wants you to know that they may have confirmed the first case of H10N3 bird flu in humans. But no biggie because they say the risk of transmission is low.

We should totally take their word for it, right?

A man in eastern China has contracted what might be the world’s first human case of the H10N3 strain of bird flu, but the risk of large-scale spread is low, the government said Tuesday.

The 41-year-old man in Jiangsu province, northwest of Shanghai, was hospitalized April 28 and is in stable condition, the National Health Commission said on its website.

No human case of H10N3 has been reported elsewhere, the commission said.

“This infection is an accidental cross-species transmission,” its statement said. “The risk of large-scale transmission is low.”

I’ll get to China momentarily, but can we just talk about the media for a second? How can any news outlet that claims any level of credibility report what China is saying about this without immediately noting they are an untrustworthy, garbage dump of a state? This is the same country that unleashed COVID-19 on the world and lied about it for months. Originally, China and the World Health Organization were claiming as late as January that human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus wasn’t happening. Despite that, the Associated Press just repeats what the CCP says like they are a personal propaganda outlet.

Now, as to China’s claims, I wouldn’t take a word they say as truthful. Yes, this strain of bird flu is supposedly less harmful, but no one thought COVID was as deadly as it was until enough people contracted it to show us its true nature in humans. China is claiming this is an “accidental” passage across species, but that’s exactly what they said about COVID when the communists initially proclaimed it came from a bat in a wet market. Now, far more evidence exists that the virus was actually leaked from a lab.

Look, this news could end up being nothing, but all options need to be on the table and no stone left unturned. We certainly don’t need to be listening to what China says about this, especially after they destroyed evidence regarding the release of COVID-19 on the world. That the media are so willing to once again go back to be mouthpieces for the CCP is dangerous. They should be leading a charge of skepticism here, not repeating Chinese press releases without pushback.

We’ll follow this story and see where it goes.