• En France une certaine opinion qui court semble pouvoir être résumée ainsi : "un pouvoir autoritaire c’est quand même pas mal pour lutter contre le coronavirus”.

    On relaie les "incroyables" constructions express d’hôpitaux, le génie consistant à appeler l’armée pour enfermer une ville, le magnifique emploi des données personnelles pour lutter contre le coronavirus, etc.

    En pratique cependant, la dictature n’est pas plus efficace en matière de santé publique que dans les autres domaines — c’est même bien souvent l’inverse.

    Cette communication de choc permet à la Chine de faire oublier qu’elle n’est quand même pas très haut dans les classements de l’OMS sur la capacité à assurer les soins de santé de base.

    Alors évidemment dans l’urgence on espère que son gouvernement déconnera le moins possible et trouvera un peu d’efficacité, mais de là à encenser la méthode forte…

    (Je n’oublie évidemment pas que d’autres gouvernements moins autoritaires ont eux aussi fait preuve d’inefficacité totale voire criminelle en matière de santé. Mais je préférerais qu’on parle d’efficacité plutôt que d’autoritarisme, et qu’on regarde les faits plutôt que la propagande.)

    Si en France on pouvait changer de disque le plus vite possible ce serait pas mal, avant que ça ne donne des idées à Agnès Buzyn. Si la crise arrive ici, avec des hôpitaux en pleine tourmente sociale, ça sera pas bon. Et non, le LBD n’est pas la meilleure technique de prévention.


    Coronavirus Live Updates : Wuhan to Round Up the Infected for Mass Quarantine Camps - The New York Times

    Sun Chunlan, a vice premier tasked with leading the central government’s response to the outbreak, said (…)
    “Set up a 24-hour duty system. During these wartime conditions, there must be no deserters

    (…) concerns are growing about whether the centers, which will house thousands of people in large spaces, will be able to provide even basic care to patients and protect against the risk of further infection.

    A lockdown across the city and much of its surrounding province has exacerbated a shortage of medical supplies, testing kits and hospital beds. Many residents, unwell and desperate for care, have been forced to go from hospital to hospital on foot, only to be turned away without being tested for the virus, let alone treated. They have had to resort to quarantines at home, risking the spread of the virus within families and neighborhoods.

    (…) Photographs taken inside the stadium showed narrow rows of simple beds separated only by desks and chairs typically used in classrooms. Some comments on Chinese social media compared the scenes to those from the Spanish flu in 1918.

    According to a widely shared post on Weibo, a popular social media site, “conditions were very poor” at an exhibition center that had been converted into a quarantine facility. There were power failures and electric blankets could not be turned on, the user wrote, citing a relative who had been taken there, saying that people had to “shiver in their sleep.”

    There was also a staff shortage, the post said, where “doctors and nurses were not seen to be taking note of symptoms and distributing medicine,” and oxygen devices were “seriously lacking.”

    Chinese Doctor Who Tried to Warn of Outbreak Is Dead From Coronavirus - The New York Times

    The New York Times wrote about the doctor on Feb. 1, documenting his efforts to alert colleagues about an alarming cluster of illnesses that resembled (…) SARS (…). The article also reported Dr. Li’s middle-of-the-night summons by unhappy health officials.

    “If the officials had disclosed information about the epidemic earlier,” Dr. Li told The Times. “I think it would have been a lot better. There should be more openness and transparency.”

    #santé_sanitaire ou #santé_sécuritaire

  • Bill Gates: The Ebola Crisis Was Terrible. But Next Time Could Be Much Worse. - NYTimes.com

    The Ebola epidemic might have been a lot worse if the United States, Britain and other governments had not used military resources to fly people and equipment into and out of affected areas. But we should not assume that the next epidemic will limit itself to countries that welcome Western troops.

    #Data is another crucial problem. During the #Ebola epidemic, the database that tracks cases has not always been accurate. (...)

    Then there’s our failure to invest in effective medical tools like diagnostic tests, drugs and vaccines. (...)

    Compare all this to the preparation that nations put into defense. Armies have systems for recruiting, training and equipping soldiers. NATO has a mobile unit that is ready to deploy quickly. Although the system isn’t perfect, NATO members do joint exercises where they work out logistics like how troops will get food and what language they will use to communicate.


  • #Singapore — The Social Laboratory

    #Singapour, un modèle de social-libéralisme-totalitaire (??), s’est installé depuis 2002 un système de #surveillance et de #big_data qui fait rêver la #NSA ; justifié notamment par la crise du #SRAS (#santé_sécuritaire)

    Four months later he got his chance, when an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) swept through the country, killing 33, dramatically slowing the economy, and shaking the tiny island nation to its core. Using Poindexter’s design, the government soon established the Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning program (RAHS, pronounced “roz”) inside a Defense Ministry agency responsible for preventing terrorist attacks and “nonconventional” strikes, such as those using chemical or biological weapons — an effort to see how Singapore could avoid or better manage “future shocks.” Singaporean officials gave speeches and interviews about how they were deploying big data in the service of national defense — a pitch that jibed perfectly with the country’s technophilic culture.

    reportage glaçant avec des illustrations sympa en gif animés :