The outbreak happened just as the biggest event and largest traveled holiday in the world the Chinese New Year.
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According to estimates, almost 3 billion trips will be made during the Festivals. This represents an increase of 0.6% compared to last year. Most of these trips will be conducted by car – 2.46 billion, while 413 million will be by train and 73 million by airplanes.
China launched 10 new railways in December to deal with the enormous numbers of travelers expected. These new railways expanded the already longest network in the world by another 29 thousand kilometers, with more than 4700 trains in operation before February 5. Meanwhile, the country has scheduled 532 thousand flights during the travel rush. This is an increase of 10% compared to the celebrations of the Year of the Rat.
About 7 million Chinese tourists are expected to travel abroad during the Spring Festival from 100 Chinese cities to nearly 500 destinations in more than 90 countries worldwide.
Last year, 6.5 million Chinese citizens travelled overseas during the celebrations. Basically it was a perfect storm event. China's biggest and longest national holiday is the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year (CNY), and it causes the biggest and longest annual period of transport stress anywhere in the world. For the Chinese people it’s not about watching a ball drop or getting drunk in the streets, it’s about family.
The Spring Festival is the most important annual festival for Chinese people. It has been a long tradition for Chinese people to return home from work or study and to enjoy a reunion dinner with their families on New Year's Eve, even if traveling across a long distance.
The Spring Festival holiday period falls around the same time frame as Chinese students’ winter vacations. Millions of university students head home or leave for school almost at the same time. The top 5 cities with the most arrivals were Wuchang, Chongqing, Chengdu, Wuhan, and Zhengzhou.
The top 10 busiest routes were Beijing–Harbin, Beijing–Xi'an, Beijing–Wuhan, Beijing–Zhengzhou, Guangzhou–Wuhan, Guangzhou–Chongqing, Guangzhou–Zhengzhou, Guangzhou–Changsha, Shenzhen–Zhengzhou, and Shanghai–Xi'an.
Maybe the reasons why something happens is not so important, I am thinking it sheds perspective. Even further observations the target city Wuhan is right in the middle of the most traveled location in the world at one perticuliar time and event. When I say perfect storm is it possible for any more elements to be gathered in one place than this virus? Takeaway
Use common sense, take precautions (boost your immune system) as recommended live your life as best as possible. Depending on your faith I hold to the fact that God is in control of all things good and evil. So why does God allow evil? It’s a long Biblical story, in short there is evil and there is good. Gods people are not in a special bubble protected form hardships. What we are is a people assured that ALL things good and bad are working together for our good for those that love the Lord. Romans 8:28 NLT
Be blessed, be safe, be vigilant and God be with us all