DECEMBER

Most of this month’s portion of the Coronavirus timeline is excerpted from Jim Garaghty’s “The Comprehensive Timeline of China’s COVID-19 Lies, National Review, Monday, March 23, 2020.

[icon_timeline timeline_line_style=”solid” timeline_line_color=”#000000″ time_block_bg_color=”#000000″ tl_animation=”tl-animation-slide-up” timeline_margin=”margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;”][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Some point in late 2019″ title_font_size=”desktop:20px;” title_line_height=”desktop:24px;” title_font_color=”#fbf44b” desc_font_size=”desktop:15px;” desc_line_height=”desktop:19px;” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]The coronavirus jumps from some animal species to a human being. The best guess at this point is that it happened at a Chinese “wet market.”[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”December 6, 2019″ title_font_size=”desktop:20px;” title_line_height=”desktop:24px;” title_font_color=”#fbf44b” desc_font_size=”desktop:15px;” desc_line_height=”desktop:19px;” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]According to a study in The Lancet, the symptom onset date of the first patient identified was “Dec 1, 2019 . . . 5 days after illness onset, his wife, a 53-year-old woman who had no known history of exposure to the market, also presented with pneumonia and was hospitalized in the isolation ward.” In other words, as early as the second week of December, Wuhan doctors were finding cases that indicated the virus was spreading from one human to another.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”December 21, 2019″ title_font_size=”desktop:20px;” title_line_height=”desktop:24px;” title_font_color=”#fbf44b” desc_font_size=”desktop:15px;” desc_line_height=”desktop:19px;” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Wuhan doctors begin to notice a “cluster of pneumonia cases with an unknown cause.”[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”December 25, 2019″ title_font_size=”desktop:20px;” title_line_height=”desktop:24px;” title_font_color=”#fbf44b” desc_font_size=”desktop:15px;” desc_line_height=”desktop:19px;” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Chinese medical staff in two hospitals in Wuhan are suspected of contracting viral pneumonia and are quarantined. This is additional strong evidence of human-to-human transmission.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Sometime in “Late December” 2019″ title_font_size=”desktop:20px;” title_line_height=”desktop:24px;” title_font_color=”#fbf44b” desc_font_size=”desktop:15px;” desc_line_height=”desktop:19px;” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Wuhan hospitals notice “an exponential increase” in the number of cases that cannot be linked back to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”December 30, 2019″ title_font_size=”desktop:20px;” title_line_height=”desktop:24px;” title_font_color=”#fbf44b” desc_font_size=”desktop:15px;” desc_line_height=”desktop:19px;” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Dr. Li Wenliang sent a message to a group of other doctors warning them about a possible outbreak of an illness that resembled severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), urging them to take protective measures against infection.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”December 31, 2019″ title_font_size=”desktop:20px;” title_line_height=”desktop:24px;” title_font_color=”#fbf44b” desc_font_size=”desktop:15px;” desc_line_height=”desktop:19px;” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission declares, “The investigation so far has not found any obvious human-to-human transmission and no medical staff infection.” This is the opposite of the belief of the doctors working on patients in Wuhan, and two doctors were already suspected of contracting the virus.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”December 31, 2019″ title_font_size=”desktop:20px;” title_line_height=”desktop:24px;” title_font_color=”#fbf44b” desc_font_size=”desktop:15px;” desc_line_height=”desktop:19px;” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]

China reports the discovery of the coronavirus to the World Health Organization.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”December 31, 2019″ title_font_size=”desktop:20px;” title_line_height=”desktop:24px;” title_font_color=”#fbf44b” desc_font_size=”desktop:15px;” desc_line_height=”desktop:19px;” desc_font_color=”#ffffff”]Three weeks after doctors first started noticing the cases, China contacts the World Health Organization (WHO), and for the first time, notified the WHO of the existence of a novel virus.

Tao Lina, a public-health expert and former official with Shanghai’s center for disease control and prevention, tells the South China Morning Post, “I think we are [now] quite capable of killing it in the beginning phase, given China’s disease control system, emergency handling capacity and clinical medicine support.”[/icon_timeline_item][/icon_timeline]