This 1100-word timeline of the Covid-19 pandemic will enable us to see this whole Coronavirus thing in perspective and serve as a useful work of reference. We have been criticized by Trump supporters on this site for the crime of daring to publish an occasional article that is critical of the president. For this we apologise. In penance for our sins, here is an excellent pro-Trump article. (JSM)
The story begins in the final days of 2019.
Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist working at Wuhan Central Hospital, sends urgent messages on to colleagues in an online chat group, drawing attention to seven cases of pneumonia in Wuhan that he thought appeared similar to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus that emerged in China in 2002. He advised them to wear protective gear.
The Wuhan public security bureau summons Li and orders him to sign a document accusing him of “making false comments” and disturbing the social order. According to published reports, the document stated,
“We solemnly warn you: If you keep being stubborn, with such impertinence, and continue this illegal activity, you will be brought to justice – is that understood? We hope you can calm down and reflect on your behavior.”
At least eight doctors are punished for spreading rumors about COVID-19.
After three weeks, China finally tells the world it had identified a new virus.
WHO tells the world that, according to Chinese scientists, the coronavirus is not contagious from human to human.
Nevertheless, the disease has been spreading exponentially in Wuhan. The outbreak has now sickened nearly 10,000 people and killed more than 200. Trump considers a ban on travel from China to US.
Li diagnosed with COVID-19.
From his hospital bed he describes what had happened in a post on the popular microblogging site, Weibo, where he also posted a copy of the reprimand letter.
A few countries respond to the outbreak in Wuhan by imposing travel bans from China including the Philippines, the Bahamas, Mongolia, and Singapore.
The World Health Organization, (WHO) warns that travel bans are not effective at stemming the spread of a virus and recommends against any travel or trade restrictions in response to the outbreak.
“Although travel restrictions may intuitively seem like the right thing to do, this is not something that WHO usually recommends,” said Tarik Jašarević, a WHO spokesperson. “This is because of the social disruption they cause and the intensive use of resources required,” he added.
This is repeated throughout the US echo chamber by liberal mainstream news outlets who do not know or care of the complicity of the WHO director and the Chinese propaganda machine. “From a public health perspective, there is limited effectiveness. And then there are a host of other reasons why they can actually be counterproductive,” said Catherine Worsnop, at the University of Maryland.
Trump bans flights from China to the US
Li dies of COVID-19
Virus spreads rapidly around the world to 200 countries via air travel. Maps of individual countries show that outbreaks are concentrated around major international airports. In the US, this includes NYC, LA, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Denver, etc.
Geneticists document that a single traveler from Wuhan to Seattle infected 39 Americans, who in turn infected several hundred others, who in turn …
Dr. Drew on Coronavirus: Hysterical ‘Press Needs to Shut Up,’
In two separate interviews, Dr. Drew Pinsky, M.D., said the liberal media are “over-reacting” to coronavirus, do not know how to report on it, and have created mass “hysteria.” The “press needs to shut up,” he said, adding that the measures taken by President Trump, the CDC, and Dr. Anthony Fauci are “appropriate” and should be heeded. The “right people” are combating this virus, he said, stressing that Dr. Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “will tell you what’s going on” and “when you need to worry.”
WHO finally declares Covid-19 a pandemic after insisting for the previous months that they no longer employ this term, all the while warning that travel bans are not effective at stemming the spread of the virus.
China expels American journalists while ramping up their propaganda campaign to call attention to their success in containing Covid-19. It criticizes US journalists for using the “racist” term “Chinese virus”. Floats conspiracy theory that the US military was responsible for planting the virus in Wuhan. Chinese propaganda echoed by liberal media.
(By this time there is ample evidence to believe that China practiced a two-pronged strategy consisting of 1) forbidding any domestic travel to other parts of China from the province where it originated, but 2) allowing it to spread outside China to other nations by insisting that any travel ban from China to other countries would be ineffective in mitigating the spread of the virus.)
Four to six weeks after Trump’s directive many countries follow by issuing their own respective travel restrictions. The European Union orders a month-long ban on nonessential travel to at least 26 countries in Europe. Meanwhile, Italy and Spain are on a country-wide lockdown.
After threats from Li’s widow for demonstrations and protests, China issues an official apology for trying to silence Li’s efforts to warn others about the appearance and spread of the virus several months earlier.
National Gallup poll shows:
Hospitals were ranked at the top of US institutions with 88% approval
Trump received a 60% approval rating for his handling of the coronavirus.
News media were ranked the worst, with only 44% approval.
Nunes suggests that 50% of Americans believe the opposite of what the media is telling them.
After a week delay, Trump signs 2 trillion dollar emergency relief bill to provide aid to the small businesses, hospitals, and unemployed Americans suffering from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
During the delay Pelosi packs the bill with billions of non-essential measures to subsidize Democrat controlled media outlets and two Washington, DC, universities, etc., using this phrase for each piece of pork added: “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus”. For example, on page 127, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which produces PBS, is handed an additional $300,000,000 “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus”. Of that amount, $50,000,000 “shall be used to support the public television system”.
Massive protests on the Jiujiang Yangtze River Bridge that joins the Hubei and Jiangxi provinces in Eastern China. The capital city of Hubei province is Wuhan, ground zero for the coronavirus pandemic.
Two 1000-bed U.S. Navy hospital ships are deployed to coronavirus-plagued New York and Los Angeles to “comfort” people in those cities.
China reopens markets; still selling bats. etc. ““The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus. The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures which would never have happened before.”