China has just changed its anti-epidemic policy, which had been in place for three years. For the first time, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has admitted that the positive detection rate of COVID close contacts isolated on a large scale is meager. It is so low that the “zero-COVID” measure needs to be adjusted.
Last Saturday, December 12, the CCP announced 20 ways to optimize COVID measures.
Chang Jile is deputy director of the National Health Commission’s Bureau of Disease Prevention and Control. He said that new steps were taken after looking at the data to stop the spread of the virus better. He said that out of 100,000 close COVID contacts, only three tested positive. It is a “very low” chance, so the new measures would reduce the quarantine time to save 30% of the resources used for centralized isolation.
Jiang Rongmeng is a member of the National Health Commission. He is also the vice president of Beijing Ditan Hospital. He told the media in March this year that the hospital had treated more than 400 COVID-infected people. Among the more than 300 patients admitted, only a few patients need infusion therapy. Most of them only need a simple nutrient solution and a polarized solution. Most symptoms are very mild. He noticed that Omicron had less severe flu-like symptoms.
Zhang Wenhong, an expert in preventing epidemics in Shanghai, has said many times that the inflammation caused by Omicron is weaker than that caused by influenza. Later, Chinese media criticized the “influenza theory.”