Be­ware! Two sen­tenced for con­ceal­ing virus con­tact his­tory

China Daily Global Edi­tion (USA), United States of Amer­ica, 22 Septem­ber 2020,­­ti­cle/2818357611­32868

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The Xinghual­ing District Peo­ple’s Court in Taiyuan, cap­i­tal of Shanxi prov­ince, re­cently sen­tenced two peo­ple to terms of pro­ba­tion for con­ceal­ing con­tact his­tory and hin­der­ing the preven­tion and con­trol of the novel coro­n­avirus.

The two peo­ple, sur­named Yao and Feng, had their rel­a­tives from Wuhan, cap­i­tal of Hubei prov­ince, stay­ing with them since Jan 20, even though the Taiyuan ad­min­is­tra­tion had an­nounced a top level public health emer­gency, re­quir­ing res­i­dents to re­port any con­tact his­tory with peo­ple from Wuhan and di­rectly re­port pos­si­ble symp­toms of in­fec­tion.

Dur­ing the said pe­riod, sev­eral mem­bers of Yao’s and Feng’s fam­ily, in­clud­ing the rel­a­tives from

Wuhan, had fever, but they con­cealed this from the author­i­ties while main­tain­ing close con­tact with their neigh­bors.

They con­cealed the con­tact his­tory with peo­ple from Wuhan even af­ter Yao’s fa­ther was rushed to hospi­tal with se­ri­ous symp­toms; in fact they re­fused to ad­mit he had run a tem­per­a­ture at home.

Their act of con­ceal­ing con­tact his­tory led to 117 house­holds in their com­mu­nity and 17 med­i­cal work­ers be­ing quar­an­tined and five per­sons in­clud­ing Yao test­ing pos­i­tive for the virus.

Their ir­re­spon­si­ble be­hav­ior led to the spread of the novel coro­n­avirus, en­dan­ger­ing other peo­ple’s health and life. Yao was sen­tenced to a year in pro­ba­tion, and Feng to a a year-long pro­ba­tion and a sus­pended sen­tence of eight months.

Yao and Feng’s case un­der­lines the im­por­tance of re­port­ing in­fec­tious dis­eases con­tact his­tory and the se­ri­ous out­come of con­ceal­ing it.

When it comes to a public health emer­gency, es­pe­cially in­fec­tious dis­eases, cit­i­zens are obliged to faith­fully re­port personal health con­di­tions or con­tact his­tory with a pa­tient, as it has a bear­ing on many other peo­ple’s health and so­ci­ety.

There is a pos­si­bil­ity of an­other wave of the in­fec­tions in win­ter. It is ad­vis­able that cit­i­zens ful­fill their duty by re­veal­ing any known in­fec­tion cases to help pre­vent its spread.

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