Li’s WeChat social media posting describing the couple was quickly deleted. Meanwhile, the government officially informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the cases, as it was required to do, but only on Nov. 13—after they were already reported by journalists around the world.
Wait, you're telling me that an authoritarian technocracy opted out of rehabbing the public image of a disease whose name is synonymous with "epidemic?" Say it ain't so, Joe!
Full disclosure: I'd rather avoid plague. It's no fun. But as pandemics go it's pretty vulnerable to public health measures. Unlike, say, African Swine Fever.
I dunno. I think everyone grew up fearing plague because all they know is it killed Europe. Since nobody grew up fearing plague because it killed Sandy, nobody has really wrapped their head around it. And I'm willing to blame the Chinese government for a lot of things, but opting not to say "plague ain't that bad, y'all"? No blame.