by Steve McCann
World history will record that the period between the 7th of January and the 7th of February 2020 will be among the most consequential 31 days in the past 25 years. In the United States this same period will also be remembered for the first stages of the precipitous downfall of the Democratic Party and the vindication of Donald Trump and his America First doctrine.
In China on the 7th of January the authorities “announced they had identified a new virus, according to the WHO. The novel virus was named 2019-nCoV and was identified as belonging to the coronavirus family.”
By the 7th of February the virus had spread to all 31 provinces of mainland China and a Level1 medical emergency was declared in 30 provinces. All inter-province bus and train service was cancelled in 20 provinces. 50 million people in various cities were subject to strict quarantine. All 70,000 movie theaters throughout the country were closed as were a majority of the schools. Many factories are temporarily shuttered, and air travel greatly curtailed.