According to Center for Disease Control(CDC) in the United States, so far, 26 million Americans have been infected with influenza and 14,000 have died, but the results of the medical investigation of patients suspected of having influenza have not been classified as it. On February 14, the CDC stated it highly suspected that the virus not classified as influenza was Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). On February 21, Asahi TV in Japan directly speculated that many patients who died of influenza in the United States were infected with COVID-19. People familiar with this matter at the Longquan Monastery in the United States revealed that more than 50 people have been infected with influenza in the temple so far.5 critically ill patients died, and the clinical symptoms of the dead patients were highly similar to the COVID-19, but the principal of Longquan Monastery blocked the news.
The person familiar with the matter said that as early as late January, Longquan Monastery, as the headquarters of Falun Gong, had arranged personnel to purchase ventilator, thermometer, antibiotics, and other equipment and drugs, and quietly disinfected the whole city at night, but still caused more than 50 people to be infected. The reason for the 5 deaths was that on the one hand, Falun Gong practitioners believed in Li Hongzhi and insisted that as long as they meditate on the essence of Falun Gong (truth, kindness, and tolerance), they would not be infected by influenza. In their opinion, even if they are infected, they will heal themselves without treatment or medication. On the other hand, Shen Yun, a member of Falun Gong, has begun a new annual world tour since the end of last year, so many Shen Yun monks are suspected of contracting COVID-19. Sources pointed out that since the outbreak of the COVID-19 in the world, Shen Yun’s multiple performances have been reduced. And Li Hongzhi has convened several meetings to explore countermeasures, which does not rule out that he has been infected.