Aug 18, 2020

Wuhan Shocks the World as Thousands Gather for Water Park Music Festival

Kristin Kerr

efore we dive into the, let’s recap how Coronavirus has truly affected our world. The global pandemic, believed to have originated in Wuhan, China, has killed at least 770,000 and infected 20 million. The majority of the world remains in fear while practicing social distancing to prevent further spread of the virus. Oh, and we can’t forget to mention how the pandemic crashed our world’s economy. Is there a light at the end of this dark, dark tunnel? Well, China claims to have the virus under control, but the U.S. has been hit harder than any country in the world.

Diving in

Most recently, Wuhan hosted an electronic music festival in Playa Maya Water Park where thousands of people stood shoulder to shoulder in a pool as a DJ performed on stage. Sounds like a recipe for thousands of Covid-19 cases too, right? Oh, and get this. The photos that went viral show more attendees wearing goggles and life jackets, not masks. Talk about socially snug, not socially distanced.


Is life back to normal in Wuhan?

With the numbers rapidly increasing in countries such as The United States, Brazil, and India, it’s hard to believe that Wuhan casually threw a festival of this size. Well, apparently life in Wuhan has gradually returned to normal since the strict 76-day lock down began in early April. The city hasn’t reported any new cases since mid-May. It’s been noted that any statistics from China should be taken with a grain of salt, but regardless, the outbreak began less than a year ago, and parties with literal thousands are already a green light?


Even if the virus is ‘under control’, it still seems a little premature to be hosting such large, non-distanced gatherings. Infections in Wuhan account for nearly 60% of the more than 84,000 total confirmed cases across China, according to data from the country's National Health Commission and Hubei Provincial Health Commission.

Remaining Optimistic

So yes, there are some (or thousands) that are clearly at ease with the state of the virus in Wuhan, but many Chinese social media users were shocked Wuhan permitted such a large event. Let’s just hope that Wuhan being able to put on such a large event means we are making progress with the spread of the virus. We’re all in an uncertain, fearful time right now, but if we work together to prevent the spread, we can remain optimistic things will gradually return to ‘normal’.

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