One has to hope that the WHO will be held to account for their early pronouncements on coronavirus.

In December 19, Taiwan tried to tell the WHO how dangerous it was but the organisation ignored the warnings:

The TownHall article says, in part (emphases mine):

Taiwanese officials said WHO’s failure to act early on has to do with its close ties to Chinese leadership, the Daily Caller reported … 

One of Taiwan’s chief complaints is centered around the International Health Regulations (IHR)’s reporting website, which was established so countries around the world could share data about pandemics. 

“While the IHR’s internal website provides a platform for all countries to share information on the epidemic and their response, none of the information shared by our country’s [Centers for Disease Control] is being put up there,” Taiwanese Vice President Chen Chien-Jen told the Financial Times. “The WHO could not obtain first-hand information to study and judge whether there was human-to-human transmission of COVID-10. This led it to announce human-to-human transmission with a delay, and an opportunity to raise the alert level both in China and the wider world was lost.”

Despite knowing what they did, the WHO continued to push communist China’s talking points, including the blatantly false claim that the virus is not spread through human-to-human transmission. This is something we know is the case, which is why the CDC has suggested people practice “social distancing” as much as possible. A few weeks later the WHO said it was unnecessary to restrict international air travel, which is what turned the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic into a pandemic.

The article states that Taiwan has not had any representation in international health organisations since 2016 because of pressure from the Chinese government.

Fortunately:

Taiwan isn’t that far from China yet the country has sustained very few cases. As of now, the country has 153 cases and all of them are occurring because of international travel, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, halfway around the world, in England, a video from the Derbyshire Police telling people not to walk in the Peak District has been going viral.

A little over a century ago, health experts deemed it a jolly good idea to go outside and get fresh air:

Derbyshire Police posted an explanatory thread, excerpted below:

However, one could make the case that such walks — done in isolation at the moment (watch the video) — are good for maintaining mental health, especially among people who live locally and are accustomed to such outings.

Furthermore, local residents going to the Peak District do not have to worry about the social distancing they would encounter in their own towns and villages:

To date — and this could change — the government has not imposed any restrictions on locals going for nature walks:

Another tweet, which won’t show up properly in my post, cites an article from the Guardian:

The police forces insist that members of the public should not be driving anywhere to walk their dogs or exercise. However, the Guardian checked with the Cabinet Office, which is overseeing the new restrictions on movement, and a spokeswoman confirmed that the guidelines do not prohibit driving somewhere for exercise or dog walking.

And to think we are likely to be on some sort of shutdown for the rest of the year. Unthinkable.