Should the Chinese Pay Some Cost of COVID-19? 42% of U.S. Voters Think So

The coronavirus COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China, ostensibly transmitted from a wild animal at a “wet market” to humans. Wet markets sell live animals that are then slaughtered. But China refused to admit that a new virus was making the rounds, and even punished a doctor who tried to warn others. Unfortunately, the doctor eventually perished from the disease.

As COVID-19 spread, eventually China sounded the alarm and then took drastic measures, placing up to 780 million people under some level of lockdown or quarantine. But by that time the virus was out, it had traveled to other countries, which are now dealing with the virus within their borders.

Some Americans think China should bear some of the economic burden of the virus spreading around the world because government officials in that country refused to acknowledge the virus or share information.

According to a Rasmussen poll, 42% of likely American voters think China should cough up some cash to help with expenses in other nations.  36% disagree, saying China shouldn’t have to pay, while 22% aren’t sure.

But China’s not standing still to take the blame.  Recently government officials have blamed the U.S. for bringing the virus to China, specifically calling out the U.S. Army, trying to shift responsibility away from themselves.

 

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  1. Jacqueline Gaither
    Reply

    Absolutely

  2. Edward Stephens
    Reply

    What a bunch of racist crap! 42% of Americans are truly incapable of intelligent thought.

    Actually, why don’t we charge the American citizens who came back with the virus? Why did they not self-quarantine overseas where they were? Oh, yes… because they only were thinking of themselves and not others.

    True selfishness… maybe that should be punished financially.

    • gil
      Reply

      AND YOU ARE THE ONLY VOICE OF REASON? let us HEAR YOUR GENIUS ON THIS, MY FELLOW AMERICAN. AS I AM IN THE 42%

  3. Matt
    Reply

    China should pay 100% as they’re the ones who developed & released it !!

  4. Dave
    Reply

    Deduct the TOTAL COST of the CORONA virus from the National Debt and if CHINA complains tell them to take it to the World Court and we will see who can prove their case!

  5. Kurt Walker
    Reply

    OH Yeah, I know that China will do that. That’s why it’s called “dreaming”

  6. hemant mehta
    Reply

    why is this different then putting sanctions on rogue nations when they develop or acquire weapons of mass destruction. over here they way the chinese government works it censors the news and who knows maybe this was a bio weapon being developed. the whole world together should put in sanctions worth 10 trillion dollars on china.

  7. Nellie McConnell
    Reply

    China will pay in the end. I have stated for years. We should not allow ourselves to be subjected to buying food and medical supplies from China or any foreign country.
    It takes a year for an inspector to get in a plant in China for inspection
    Trump2020

  8. richard merion
    Reply

    Did this virus escape from the Chinese Military Biolab in Wuhan? Where the earlist victims discovered in October?

  9. ruth hoffman
    Reply

    They should pay for everything They were the cause of virus and did not act responsibly I hope we learn a lesson from this made in the USA and buy in the USA….

  10. Rick
    Reply

    What if China released this virus on purpose as a test run introducing a Medical or Chemical Warfare action? As they laugh and say the
    test was a great success look how many countries and bodies keep piling up. All those countries economies will suffer but most of all
    the United States. The timing especially in an Election Year. Considering Trump has been the only World leader to challenge them in
    Decades.

  11. James F M Baur Jr
    Reply

    Please keep me informed. Thank you.

  12. Connie R Leiting
    Reply

    Yes Chinese should help pay the cost for the virus that they let the people that had it come in to the USA. It is their fault And I really believe they did this on purpose

    • James Logsdon
      Reply

      I agree 100%.

  13. Sally
    Reply

    I have never thought or heard of my neighbor paying my medical bill after catching the mumps or measles from him. We are “great again”? Not too great when we go looking for someone to blame and get pay from. If China can help, ask them to sell us respirators and other medical supplies.

    • gil
      Reply

      WELL WHO EXACTLY IS TO BLAME FOR THIS? AND BUYING ANYTHING FROM CHINA LIKE MASKS IS LIKE ME SETTING FIRE TO YOUR HOUSE AND YOU BUYING THE WATER FROM ME TO PUT IT OUT.

    • Ida Socci
      Reply

      China, help?? The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are not in the business of “helping” anyone other than themselves. They even exploit their own population and tried to sweep this incident “under the rug” to save face, as their custom. Also silenced initial “whistle blower” research doctors–the first of whom died of the virus. Americans need to realize that different cultures have diverse values other than ours–and this is NOT being racist. Its a realistic observation.

  14. George Wolvaardt
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    The virus spread is the result of sloppy Chinese management of deadly biological weapons. There is no other way that it could have spread so quickly. The biological weapons laboratory in Wuhan was not monitored by any reputable organization. They must pay because now they are reaping the benefits of the market collapse and are buying up large companies without any money leaving the dirty country.

  15. Andy
    Reply

    I agree. Not much is talked about how this began. China with it’s virus labs ( in Wu Han too) they experiment with these virus’s and are not careful enough to protect the general population.
    China should definitely pay for this and we should also bar any Chinese from moving around the world!!!
    This is not the first time they have spread a virus and it will not be the last!!!!!

  16. gary ehatt
    Reply

    China should pay 100% cost of the corona virus period!

  17. Barbara
    Reply

    YES—- THEY SHOULD PAY SOMETHING SINCE THE GOT THEIR VIRUS TO CIRCLE THE GLOB. AND THE FACT THEY TOOK PEOPLES LIVES IN THE PROCESS. THEN LIED ABOUT IT. YOU CAN’T TELL ME THAT IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY PEOPLE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT. I THINK THEY KNOW -JUST LIKE THEY TRIED TO PUT THE BLAME ON US FOR THEIR MISTAKE.

  18. Eugene J Lombardi
    Reply

    They gave it to the world, now they should have to pay 100%

  19. Don
    Reply

    China should be compelled to shoulder a good portion of the cost of the virus.

  20. Dennis B Anderson
    Reply

    Does a communist goose go barefoot. I`m for shutting down all business with them. They want to rule the world by 2025. A pig is a pig and it`s time to roast one.

  21. Louis J Apa
    Reply

    YES…the World Court needs to investigate this matter and find that the Chinese were complicit in the COVD-19 pandemic spread by the delay in revealing the calamity to the world. THEY are culpable for the restoration of ruined economies and dead people and for the collapse of their pharmaceutical productions for the World’s critical needs!

  22. Nancy Burian
    Reply

    China should be the one to pay ENTIRELY to EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY for everything . They were the ones who let this get out of hand, they were the ones who lied to all of us.

  23. gil mojica
    Reply

    let’s just close our doors to china and never do any business with them again they have been cheating, stealing, lying and poisoning us since day one. They are our enemy, not our friends America needs nothing from China we did just fine before china was made a major player by the U.S (a big mistake) that will only get worse by dealing with a country that is trying to destroy us . We have been takin advantage of long enough DUMP COMMUNIST CHINA NOW!

  24. denise b valley
    Reply

    YES CHINA SHOULD PAY SOMETHING FOR THIS VIRUS, “FOR LYING” NOT THE VIRUS ITSELF.CHINA IS TO BLAME FOR ALL THE DEATHS IN ALL COUNTRIES, BECAUSE THEY “LIED” // IT HAPPEMS, BY WHY LIE?

  25. Daniel Stark
    Reply

    Wait, what ?!?!? Our Moron-in-Chief sat around on his fat orange butt for at least two months, (1) first, denying it existed; (2) then admitting it existed, but denying there was a problem; then (3) blaming the Democrats (“. . . it’s [their] latest Great Hoax . . .”); then (4) diminishing it (“it’s just a cold”); then (5) grudgingly admitting it exists, but that it’ll “blow over” in a couple of weeks; then (6) claiming that the government (i.e., his administration, by which he means HIM) was “fully in control” of the situation; and (7) that there were millions of tests, abundant preventive aids (masks, hand sanitizers, etc.), and ventilators at the ready, just for the asking; (8) compounded by the signature Trump defense move we’ve seen employed SO many times [i.e., make up a name, point fingers and blame], distracting attention from the facts that (9) he dismantled the Pandemic Response unit (no doubt, to redirect its funding toward building the Idiot Wall) AND (10) slashed the budget for the CDCP (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) by 16%; capped off by (11) his ignorant “the cure is worse than the problem” statement, implying that, in 2 weeks, everyone else (besides him, that is) needs to get out there, tough on through it, and just fire up the economy [Translation: “I’ve screwed up everything I’ve touched for over 3 years and, in spite of me, the economy, growing since 2010, had prospered–until now. Beyond the stock market and the low unemployment rate, I’ve got nothing. So even if people have to get sick and possibly die, they need to get out there or I’m not getting re-elected.”] This situation will cause far more suffering, and take more lives, because our profoundly incompetent leadership cost our medical experts precious time; made their tasks more difficult by lying, again and again, to the American people; and meddling in their diligent efforts on our behalf by raising false hope and unrealistic expectations (instead of guaranteeing them his full support, then stepping back and getting out of their way). This isn’t ABOUT “blame”–much less about money–and much (MUCH) less about his re-election campaign. Is it really going to take YOUR father or mother; aunt or uncle; grandfather or grandmother; sister or brother; to suffer and/or die from this, before you wake the f*ck up ?

    China didn’t “start” it; IT started in China. There’s a YUGE difference. Had we volunteered our full support to China, in the form of medical care and scientific research beyond the WHO, when the news of this virus first broke, beyond the WHO, this crisis might well be under control by now and, with such a show of collaborative spirit, perhaps the trade war might be waning as well. Of course, that would have required effective leadership, vision, and empathy–and unfortunately, we’re fresh out of all three.

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