In western political science, the citizens are supposed to take care of themselves. It is so designed by western democracy and freedom. The government should not interfere with the life of its citizens. Citizens should not ask the government for help. As JFK said, Ask not what the country can do for you. Ask what you can do for the country. In other words, citizens should not expect their government to handle the pandemic. Citizens themselves should prevent being infected by the coronavirus.
But this is democracy in theory. In practice, the government does take care of its citizens in Europe, as Europe is famous for its welfare society. The government takes care of health, education, the elderly, children, etc.
However, the US is so fanatic about the freedom of citizens that it regards the government as a necessary evil. So the US politics is to have a government as small as possible. The US government is very big in terms of military and police. It is small only when it needs to serve the people, such as to protect its citizens from infecting the virus.
The second wave of the pandemic is entirely avoidable if it was getting controlled soon after the first outbreak. As China did it successfully.
China diagnosed coronavirus cases first and soon provided the WHO with the DNA sequence of the coronavirus. As a result, the world is equipped with the knowledge of the virus and is capable of preventing the second wave.
WHO was originated in Europe especially for the cooperation for such worldwide health problems, and was established before the UN is established. China has been cooperating with WHO from the very beginning. WHO sends an expert team, led by Canadian expert Bruce Aylward, to Beijing and witnessed the whole process of how China handling the coronavirus.
China handles the coronavirus successfully. If Europe just takes the lesson from China, then Europe can avoid the second wave just as China does. And China offers to help. China sent experts and equipment to Italy to fight the outbreak.
When China had the outbreak, the world helped and China accepted the help. When Europe had the outbreak China also helped. That’s how WHO supposed to work. But quickly, Europe cannot accept the help from China, fearing the influence of China. The mainstream media bombard with commentaries accusing China’s help an “aggressive diplomacy”. Europe had to reject the influence from China even the influence is good in intention and in the result. Western media cannot accept the goodwill of China. The west wants to repeat the 1900 history of Boxer Reparation. The west wants China to pay for the pandemic and cannot let China have a good reputation connected to the pandemic.
Europe would like to be influenced by the US. So it tries to distance China. suspected China’s help has a geopolitical agenda. Europe cannot accept Chinese help as it is a security issue.
Europe has more public health facilities than China have. By the measure of welfare, Europe is more socialist than China from the point of view of many Chinese immigrants or tourists. If Europe just copies what China has done, then Europe would have no second wave just as China has not. But Europe cannot copy what China does. If it does, it is the influence of China.
So Europe is pushing China out of the cooperation. Under the influence of the US, Europe even distrusts the WHO, the organization established by themselves, because WHO is positive about how China handles the coronavirus.
Not even pushing out the cooperation with China and WHO, there even voices condemning China’s measures as authoritarian and evil. Once the pandemic was geopoliticalized, there is no scientific way or no scientific way of dealing with the pandemic. It had only a democratic way or an authoritarian way of handling the pandemic. Once the pandemic became politicalized, democracy and constitutional rights are more important than masks. Governments of the developed countries were, therefore, cannot contain the virus successfully. Whenever a scientific policy rolled out, it always violated the civil rights of citizens.
In a democratic society, a different voice is normal. But this voice seeds the suspicion of later governmental measures. When the government wants to lockdown, there are resistances as some already consider the measure is evil of authoritarian government. When the government wants to trace the epidemic history of patients, there are resistances as some already consider the measure is fascist.
The authority of WHO is questioned. Europeans are skeptical of government measures in handling the virus. Finding the best way to fight the coronavirus is not easy. Finding an alternative way different from the successful way to fight the coronavirus is virtually impossible.
In short, Europe has the second wave because it is influenced by the US who is trying to crash China from all fronts at every opportunity. The US cannot tolerate China to have any good image, and therefore cannot allow Europe to accept the help from China. The pandemic became a geopolitical weapon for the US to crash China, and the weapon is lethal in an ironic way.
Europe has the second wave because it follows the US and sees China as an enemy and coronavirus is an opportunity to crash China. Europe has the second wave because it does not see coronavirus as a problem but as an opportunity to demonize China. When coronavirus breakout in China, China fights coronavirus. When coronavirus breakout in Europ and America, Europe and America fight China. If Europe used its resource to fight China instead of the coronavirus, it is no surprise that Europe to have a second wave.
The coronavirus is politicalized. It is fatal, lethal, and catastrophic when it becomes a tool for geopolitical gain and backfired.
Europe has many scientifically proven methods to cope with the virus. Europe cannot use these methods because these methods have been demonized when the media demonized China. To end the second wave, Europe has to resume the good image of China in public opinion, or the scientifically proven methods have no use for Europe.