∞ Othering the Virus
In the West, perception of the virus as a threat came only very late. Terrifying news from China was available since late January: High death rates, permanent damage from the disease, people dying in their homes or in the street in front of overloaded hospitals, entire families dying. But far into February, western observers did not see an urgent need to act.
This is a good read, from Marius Meinhof, a sociologist at the University of Bielefeld in Germany.