>>7075>>https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/business/masks-china-coronavirus.html>>China, the manufacturer of half the world's masks, bought up most of the global supply of n95 masks back in January and has seized control of its mask factory output
>Germany and the Czech Republic last week banned the export of face masks and other protective equipment. In Italy, where the government has placed nearly all of the population on lockdown since Monday, masks and other protective medical supplies may not leave the country without authorization.
I feel like this is a very dishonest article. Yes China aren't exporting masks, but neither are Italy, Germany, or the Czech republic.
>The Chinese government has begun some shipments to other countries as part of aid packages. It donated 250,000 masks last month to Iran, one of the countries hardest hit by the epidemic, and 200,000 to the Philippines. This week it said it would send five million masks to South Korea and export 100,000 respirators and two million surgical masks to Italy.
The article later says that China is sending 2 million masks to Italy. So leading with a headline that they've bought them all up and are hoarding them is blatantly unfair.
Be wary of news like this guys, it's easy to forget even big news outlets can and do misrepresent facts.
But you are right that we'll medical supplies struggle. A study here in UK said that even in the best case for infection rates, we would be at 8 times the health service capacity.
My immediate concern rn is the supermarket shelves emptying, which is frustrating because there's no real need for it, we aren't increasing consumption rates much by being at home all the time, and assuming the logistics chains can cope the food supply rate should hold steady enough. So buying up tons of food has little benefit, but when food starts dissapearing from shelves other people start doing it too. My only hope is that eventually stockpiles fill and the people buying in bulk end up just buying food at their consumption rate again.
Seems stupid for people to be going hungry for no material reason, especially medical staff getting off shifts. We gotta work together at times like this. Look after each other sushis.