Covid-19 timeline — The early story of the Wuhan coronavirus

Protection

Pre Covid-19

There has been some speculation and theories out there, and I’ll just start with some side notes and assumptions not related to the Covid-19 :

Vaping

“ An outbreak of severe vaping-associated lung illness starting in 2019 is ongoing among users of vaping products,almost exclusively in the United States. The first cases were identified in Illinois and Wisconsin in April 2019; as of January 21, 2020, a total of 2,711 hospitalized cases, including 60 deaths have been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Cases peaked in September 2019, and have been slowly declining since”

Trump administration raised the age limit from 18 to 20 for E-cigarette on November 23, 2019 to prevent pneumonia surge among young people.

Fort Detrick laboratory

America’s main biological warfare lab has been ordered to stop all research into the deadliest viruses and pathogens over fears contaminated waste could leak out of the facility. Fort Detrick, in Fredrick, Maryland, has been the epicentre of the US Army’s bioweapons research since the beginning of the Cold War. It was shut down and moved in July due to unqualified facilities and management system.

Event 201

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, a high-level pandemic exercise on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. The exercise illustrated areas where public/private partnerships will be necessary during the response to a severe coronavirus pandemic in order to diminish large-scale economic and societal consequences. The exercise took place a few months before the World Health Organization announced the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and the statement from Johns Hopkins specifically states that the exercise was not predictive of the current pandemic. In fact they say that “the inputs we used for modeling the potential impact of that fictional virus are not similar to nCoV-2019.

Wuhan, China

October 2019

The 7th CISM Military World Games was held from October 18–27, 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei, China. An American journalist claimed one US military athlete in the delegation could be patient zero of the deadly new disease.

George Webb, an investigative journalist in Washington, DC later claimed in videos and tweets that he believes an armed diplomatic driver and cyclist who was in Wuhan in October for the cycling competition in the Military World Games, could be patient zero of COVID-19 in Wuhan. His conclusions, although without strong evidence, triggered questions on Chinese social media.

November 2019

According to South China Morning Post , Patient Zero can be traced back to around November 17 2019, according to government data seen by the South China Morning Post. A 55 year-old from Wuhan, in the Hubei province could have been the first person to have contracted Covid-19. Some of the cases from 2019 were likely backdated after health authorities had tested specimens taken from suspected patients.

December 2019

Interviews with whistle-blowers from the medical community suggest Chinese doctors only realised they were dealing with a new disease in late December. From that date onwards (November 17), one to five new cases were reported each day. The first known patient experienced symptoms of the mysterious pneumonia-like illness now known as COVID-19 was December 01. No epidemiological link was established between this case and later instances of the disease. By December 15, the total number of infections stood at 27 — the first double-digit daily rise was reported on December 17 — and by December 20, the total number of confirmed cases had reached 60.

Dec. 30: Dr. Li Wenliang, a doctor at Wuhan Central Hospital, warned colleagues from his medical school via WeChat about a cluster of patients being treated for viral pneumonia, linking it to the SARS coronavirus.

Dec. 31: China (or Taiwan) alerted the WHO of a spate of illnesses in Wuhan, China. The central city lies some 650 miles south of Beijing and is home to more than 11 million people.

From Reddit. Not confirmed.

January 2020

Jan 12: World Health Organization published an article advicing:

Based on information provided by national authorities, WHO’s recommendations on public health measures and surveillance for novel coronaviruses apply.

WHO does not recommend any specific health measures for travellers. In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel, travellers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share travel history with their healthcare provider. Travel guidance has been updated.

WHO advises against the application of any travel or trade restrictions on China based on the information currently available on this event.

Jan. 13: The first case outside China was reported by the WHO. A woman who had traveled from Wuhan to Thailand tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Jan 14:, WHO tweeted:

WHO tweet Jan 14, 2020

Jan 15: The CDC said a resident of Snohomish County, Washington, who was returning from China on Jan. 15 was diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus.

Jan 21: , CNBC wrote :

“CDC officials said they continue to believe the risk of it spreading to the American public is “low.” This weekend, the CDC and Homeland Security began screening people traveling to major airports in California and New York from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak is believed to have started. Health officials said Tuesday they will begin screenings at airports in Chicago and Atlanta. So far, they have screened more than 1,200 passengers.

“We hope over the next couple of days” the situation “will become clearer,” Messonnier said.

The World Health Organization is expected to convene a panel of experts in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday to consider whether the illness should be a global health emergency.”

Jan 22: , CNBC talked to President Trump at the World Economic Forum

Trump told CNBC he believes that Chinese President Xi Jinping and health officials there are going to continue to tell authorities around the world everything they need to know about the virus.

“I do. I do. I have a great relationship with President Xi,” said Trump, addressing a question about whether he’s concerned about transparency in China. “The relationship is very good.”

Jan. 30: The WHO declared a public health emergency of international concern. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the WHO, said the organization was working with national and international public health partners to get the outbreak under control. It also issued recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus and ensure a “measured and evidence-based response.”

Jan 31: , New York Times wrote : “Trump Administration Restricts Entry Into U.S. From China. The travel disruption sent shocks through the stock market and rattled industries that depend on the flow of goods and people between the world’s two largest economies.
The United States will begin funneling all flights from China to just a few airports, including Kennedy International in New York.

The travel restrictions and the airline’s announcements showed how rapidly concerns about the virus have escalated into a grave test of the global economy, for which there is no recent precedent. Three weeks after the first virus-related death was reported.

About 100 cases have been confirmed across 21 other countries, including seven reported cases in the United States. Russia, Italy and Britain each reported their first infections on Friday, two from each country. The four patients in Italy and Russia were Chinese citizens, the authorities there said; Britain did not release any details.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at a Washington briefing that the actions were being taken because there were “a lot of unknowns” surrounding the virus and its transmission path. Unlike influenza, which is fairly predictable in terms of infection and mortality, Dr. Fauci said there was not the same certainty about the rate and path of the coronavirus transmission.”

February 2020

Feb. 11: The WHO officially named the disease caused by the novel coronavirus “COVID-19” (for coronavirus disease 2019.) That made things a little confusing, because the virus itself is not named COVID-19, but SARS-CoV-2.

Feb. 19: Iran’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported and, on the same day, its first two deaths.

Feb. 20: South Korea reported its first death from the coronavirus.

Feb. 21: Italy reported the first person-to-person transmission of the virus and the total number of COVID-19 infections had risen to six. The cases were clustered in Italy’s Lombardy region, in the north. A day later, Feb. 22, Italy reported its first two deaths.

Feb. 26: In a press conference, President Trump said the risk to Americans remains low. “The №1 priority from our standpoint is the health and safety of the American people,” he said. He noted that of the original 15 US cases, one remained in hospital and was “pretty sick,” with 14 others either fully recovered or in recovery. He also announced that Vice President Pence would coordinate the response to the virus.

The CDC confirmed local transmission of the virus had occurred in the US. This means the virus was able to spread from person-to-person in the US, rather than being imported by a traveler.

Feb. 29: The first fatality in the US from the coronavirus was confirmed by the Washington State Department of Health. The man was in his 50s with an underlying health condition, state health officials said.

March 2020

March 1: A second US death was confirmed in Washington state, in the same facility as the first fatality. New York state confirms its first positive case.

March 4:Washington reported its 10th coronavirus death, while the virus was spreading further in New York. President Trump tweeted that Congress had voted to provide $8 billion in funding to help the COVID-19 response.

March 5:Pelosi signs $8.5 billion emergency response package . House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed a bipartisan US emergency response package, which covers issues across employment insurance, food, telehealth, small businesses and schooling. It’ll help states and local governments with the costs they incur, and also help fund vaccine research. It was headed to President Trump’s desk for final signature.

March 6: Trump signed an emergency funding package, later tweeting that he spoke to California Gov. Gavin Newsom “about the cruise ship quarantined off the California coast.” Trump said test kits had been delivered for the cruise ship.

Confirmed global cases of COVID-19 have now topped 100,000.

March 7: In the US, New York Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency and announced that the number of cases in the state had risen to 76 .

March 8: In the US, coronavirus cases hit 500. The Italian government signed a decree ordering millions of people into lockdown across the northern part of the country. The lockdown quarantined tens of millions of citizens. Italy’s outbreak is the worst outside Asia and the worst in Europe, with over 7,000 cases and 300 deaths.

March 9: Trump and Pence announce guidelines, more tests, financial help. President Trump said he will be announcing “very substantial relief” on a payroll tax cut “that’s a huge number,” as well as giving help to hourly wage earners and small businesses. During a White House press conference March 9, Trump said he’s been working with the airline, cruise ship and hotel industries because “we want people to travel to certain locations and not to other locations.”

Also speaking during the conference, Pence said all travel from China into the US has been suspended, while there are travel advisories for portions of South Korea and Italy, with all passengers coming from those countries to be screened on arrival in the US. Pence said commercial labs have brought a test forward and are making it available. Also, all state labs have a test available.

Italy shuts down entire country. Italy’s population of 60 million is now under restrictions, with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte banning public gatherings and travel except for work and emergencies.

March 10: The European Union is setting up a 25 billion euro ($28 billion) investment fund to help address the financial crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19.

March 11: Trump suspends travel from Europe to US. No travelers will be allowed to enter the US from most of Europe for 30 days, the president said during an evening briefing. “These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground,” Trump said in a rare televised address from the Oval Office. “There will be exemptions for Americans who have gone through appropriate screenings.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Italy is closing all stores apart from food shops and chemists, according to a report.

March 12: US states have begun banning large gatherings of people with some exceptions. Disneyland is closing as California halts gatherings of 250 or more. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all gatherings of 500 or more people should stop,including Broadway shows.

March 13: Trump declared a national emergency, saying the move will open access to $50 billion in federal funds for states, territories and localities in the fight against the coronavirus.

Trump also said the UK might have to be included in the US’ European travel ban due to more cases being reported there overnight.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she reached agreement with the Trump administration to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that she said will protect families. Trump said Friday evening he “fully supports” the legislation, which he said covers free coronavirus tests and paid sick leave.

March 14: After imposing a lockdown Friday on the Catalonia region, the Spanish government on Saturday ordered all the country’s citizens not to leave their homes except to go to work, buy food, seek health care or help those in need of care.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported the first death in New York City.

March 15: The CDC recommended that US gatherings of 50 or more be canceled or postponed for the next two months.

The Federal Reserve slashed interest rates a full percentage point to near-zero to prop up the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak.

As cases in Germany reached 5,000, the country announced that it will temporary close its borders with France, Switzerland, Austria Luxembourg and Denmark.

March 17: Stocks up on Trump economic plans. Stocks rose as Trump promised he’s “going big” and preparing to ask for an $850 billion aid package to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration wants to get emergency funds in Americans’ pockets “immediately.”

“Americans need cash now,” Mnuchin said during a White House press briefing. “I mean now in the next two weeks.” The proposal to send checks requires congressional approval. The previous day saw one of the worst drops in the market’s history as the US and the world continued to react to the pandemic’s spread.

March 18: The central Chinese city of Wuhan is reporting zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since the outbreak began in December.

Trump invokes Defense Production Act which allows him to expedite and expand production of critical equipment — such as ventilators, respirators and protective gear — from the US industry.

March 19: taly reached a grim milestone, reporting 3,405 total deaths due to COVID-19. That puts its death toll ahead of China’s, which stands at 3,130.

During a briefing, US President Donald Trump said his administration has “slashed red tape” to develop vaccines and therapies for coronavirus as fast as possible. The president also said the US Food and Drug Administration has approved “compassionate use” for several coronavirus patients, allowing them to try experimental drugs that haven’t yet been approved by the FDA.

Also during the briefing, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said the agency is looking at drugs already approved for other uses, including an anti-malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine, as possible treatments for coronavirus.

The COVID Tracking Project reports 103,945 total tests have been conducted so far in the US, with around 11,000 positive and 89,000 negative. The state that’s done the most tests is New York, at around 22,200, followed by Washington with 17,100 and California with 9,700.

California, Los Angeles on lockdown.

2021 update

January 20: President Trump is stepping down as the 45th President and handing over power to the Biden Administration. There are currently two Covid-19 vaccine’s developed and approved, thank’s to Operation Warp Speed, a Trump administration initiative to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines as fast as possible. The Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine are currently approved and shiped around the world.

The latest numbers show a total of 95,628,637 confirmed cases in the World and total of 2,042,733 deaths since the pandemic hit the World. In US alone there are 24,290,413 confirmed cases and 403,063 covid-19 related deaths.

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