Here We Go Again: WHO Issues Warning Over Mystery ‘Pneumonia’, Beijing Hospital Flooded

China is facing another public health crisis after footage from inside the country showed people flooding hospitals.

The World Health Organization has said that no unusual or novel pathogens are responsible for the pneumonia outbreak.

Local officials in China believe that it’s the flu as the respiratory illness continues to infect many children in northern areas like Bejining and the Liaoning province.

After all, this is the first winter China has faced after removing their extreme lockdown protocols.

From the Dailymail:

The country’s health ministry claimed the surge in cases was caused by the flu and other known pathogens.

It ruled out a novel virus, like the one which sparked Covid after triggering its own mystery pneumonia wave in December 2019.

A National Health Commission spokesperson said the recent clusters of respiratory infections are caused by an overlap of common viruses like flu and RSV, as well as bacteria such as mycoplasma pneumoniae.

They added the ministry has called upon local authorities to open more fever clinics and to promote vaccine uptake among children and the elderly.

The WHO reported that China did respond to the documents they requested and also believed that the respiratory illnesses hammering the country were a result of the lockdowns being lifted and were caused by known pathogens like mycoplasma pneumonia.

The WHO statement said Chinese authorities had attributed the surge in cases to “the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and the circulation of known pathogens such as influenza, mycoplasma pneumonia (a common bacterial infection which typically affects younger children), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).”

So it appears that China, who was last to ease its restrictions, is starting to deal with the ramifications of its own policies.

 

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