Experts said that China’s current practice of large-scale nucleic acid testing is too much, and it will be more vulnerable to the impact of the virus. Once a case appears, it will be like dry wood and fire, and the epidemic will explode at any time.
According to Apolo News, Chinese authorities built a network of tens of thousands of nucleic acid sampling sites to force mass nucleic acid testing of the population. Cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hangzhou require tests every 48 hours for access to public transportation, entertainment venues, and workplaces.
According to Bloomberg, Former Harvard University epidemiologist Michael Mina has previously advocated for the use of large-scale, cheap, at-home testing to control the spread of the virus. But he said China is taking his concept to another level.
In China, entire cities and towns are being covered in mass testing, which requires lab analysis and results sent to a health-tracking app on an individual’s smartphone.
Mina said that China’s virus testing had gone too far, an approach that may temporarily eliminate outbreaks within China but leaves this country more vulnerable to the virus.
Mina said that more than two years after the Covid-19 outbreak, the virus is still here. So by isolating people completely from pathogens based on mass testing, China may make ordinary people more vulnerable should they come into contact with Covid-19.
Mina said, “This policy puts China in a really dangerous position,”
“It’s essentially dry kindling, ready to ignite anytime there’s cases. Locking down and testing is going to lead you nowhere except to suppress the virus. This is going to go on in perpetuity until there’s until there’s some endemicity.”
Mina believes that everyone in China will eventually be exposed to the COVID virus, and intervening in the process, rather than preparing for it, can be harmful.
He said, by doing so, Beijing is not just delaying the inevitable but also potentially facing damaging consequences.