BEIJING, May 2, 2020 /PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/--
A news report by Chen Chao and Long Yun from Science and Technology Daily:
"COVID-19 is the biggest crisis the world has faced since World War 2," Mr.
Zhou Weisheng, a Professor from College of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan
University said in an interview with Science and Technology Daily.
Dr. Zhou believes that the spread of COVID-19 further proves that we live a
community of shared future for mankind with common benefits and risks. In order
to achieve the goal of maximizing the benefits and minimizing the risks,
international cooperation and mutual support are required in both prevention
and control of the pandemic and the protection of the global industrial chain.
China's experience has raised alerts from two aspects for the world
Zhou said that since the outbreak of COVID-19, the efforts and spirit of the
Chinese people, such as the spirit of self-sacrifice, perspective of overall
situation and coordinated actions, have shown the strength of the Chinese
people with solidarity, and won a great amount of time for the world to contain
the spread of the COVID-19.
At the same time, Dr. Zhou noted, China has raised alerts from two aspects for
the world from the statistical results.
First, during the battle against COVID-19, China obtained the first-hand
pathological data, which made the world well-informed about the fact that
COVID-19 was spreading around the world extremely quickly; Second, China had to
take the strictest measures to prevent and control the situation through city
lockdown, which has alarmed the world by these bold measures.
China has won the world time to combat COVID-19 with first-hand experience
Viruses know no national borders, and many countries had experienced infectious
disasters in the past. Dr. Zhou also emphasized that China has made
contribution to the world.
The first one is to gain time for the world to prepare for dealing with
COVID-19. Zhou Weisheng's lab is carrying out research on the policy
initiatives of various countries since the beginning of the epidemic. His
research team aims to sum up experience and lessons through quantitative
analysis for better prevention in the future.
Zhou made a detailed introduction on the results of his research that there are
two Modes of outbreak. Mode A (Area A) is the Cruise Ship Mode (such as Diamond
Princess cruise ship, which refers to the rapid outbreak of infection in areas
with high population density). And Mode B (Area B) is the Urban Mode (Wuhan in
China, Italy, etc.). From the statistical analysis, in Mode A, the incubation
period from the detection of the first infected case to the outbreak of
infection is about 7 days. When it comes to Mode B, the incubation period from
the detection of the first infected case to the outbreak of infection is about
30 days. That is to say, it is extremely important to take decisive measures
within one month after the discovery of the first infected case.
According to the World Health Organization's timeline against COVID-19, on
December 31, 2019, Wuhan Municipal Health Commission in China reported a
cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, Hubei Province. A novel coronavirus was
eventually identified. And on January 23, 2020, China took a series of decisive
prevention and control measures, which marked by Wuhan lockdown. In the face of
this previously unknown pandemic, China has tried its best to fight against
COVID-19 without any delay.
Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and
Prevention, noted that China reported information to the World Health
Organization regarding the outbreak (January 3). In the same day, China began
to inform the United States about the pneumonia of unknown cause. Starting from
January 3, China has been regularly informing the WHO, relevant countries and
regions about the pneumonia of unknown cause. On January 12, China shared the
genome sequences of the novel coronavirus with WHO and other countries in a
timely manner, Wu also said.
In response to COVID-19, China has promptly released relevant information,
shared experience and promoted international cooperation in an open,
transparent and responsible manner.
Sino-US cooperation is the 'best option' for all
In that urgent scenario, China had no previous experience to draw on and had to
take prevention and control measures with careful trials. However, some
countries could take measures in their own way while referring to China's
US now has most COVID-19 cases in the world, with more than one million
"As the world's largest developed country, the United States should have guided
and supported the world in the effective prevention and control on the basis of
China's experience. Some countries have underestimated the importance of
China's experience in preventing the spread of novel coronavirus," Dr. Zhou
He sincerely hopes that China and the United States could not only fight
against COVID-19 for their own people, but also work together to lead the
world, especially developing countries, out of difficulties and overcome the
"Determining the origin and route of the infection of novel coronavirus
requires scientific and objective research. The region where the infection
information was firstly publicly disclosed is not necessarily the origin of the
novel coronavirus. Because it is possible that other affected areas have not
been announced or the patients in these areas have been treated for other
diseases such as influenza. Searching the origin of novel coronavirus should be
supported by solid scientific evidence and intensive research. Every country in
the world shares the same responsibility," Dr. Zhou Weisheng emphasized in the
Source: Science and Technology Daily
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Caption: Mr. Zhou Weisheng, a Professor from College of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan