Use case: Corona crisis in China

Use case: Corona crisis in China

This short use case focuses on the media discourse surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic in China. The visualizations in this use case were produced by SAIL LABS’ Media Mining System. 

The SARS-COV-2 virus was first discovered in Chinese province in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province. Currently, it is still believed that this is also where the virus originated (Source: BBC). Although, the origin and the process of transmission to humans is still a subject to research and discussions. It is not clear in which animal the virus originated and whether it infected an intermediary animal before infecting humans (Source: The Guardian).

COVID-19 was sometimes referred to as “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus”, which was a point of criticism. Especially president of the United States, Donald Trump, repeatedly used the terms “China virus” or “Chinese virus” (Source: CNN). As China is starting to return to the normal life while most of other countries in the world face the worst wave of the pandemic, many question the accuracy of Chinese data concerning the virus (Source: CNN).

  • COVID-19 was sometimes referred to as “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus”, used especially by Donald Trump (“China virus”), which was a point of criticism.
  • China starts to return to the normal life while most of other countries in the world face the worst wave of the pandemic. Many question the accuracy of Chinese data concerning the virus, which is also widely demonstrated on social media.
  • Three tweets created by two of the 10 most influential profiles tweeting about COVID-19 and China in the week from 3rd to the 10th of April are both negative and one of the profiles was identified as a bot.
  • There are both negative and positive narratives concerning China and COVID-19 and social media discourse is very polarized
  • A tweet showing a video footage of people with hazmat suits taking dead bodies appeared on Twitter
  • Various fake news circulate on social media, for instance a tweet claiming that China confirmed that “African Blood Is Immune To Corona Virus”
  • There was a dispute on social media between Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of Jair Bolsonaro, and Chinese embassy

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