An interesting theory:

It was postulated to me that China ALLOWED the Covid-19 Coronavirus to escape it’s borders and deliberately  downplayed the seriousness of the outbreak in order that, while it;s economy would be seriously damaged by the disease and the social disruptions, if it should get into the world population and damage the rest of the world’s social structure and economies it would keep us ll on the same level.

Further, if the schedule was such that China would begin recovering first, then they would have a “Leg Up” on the rest of the world.

I’m not sure that I can buy that, but I did find it disturbing to think about….that people, even the Chinese leadership, might think in those terms.

I suppose it could be that I am naive.