Whats up Holy City High fam! It's your favorite host Nappy Nick dropping more knowledge for anyone looking. What triggered me to type this blog post was probably the Charleston Food and Beverage group on Facebook where people were posting info that was either not true or partially true with a bias element. When I started this podcast, my goal is to provide clarity with anything I do. With the Corvid 19 epidemic, our city has essentially been closed down and every day life has come to a halt. The nervous part of this is there isn't a set timeline of when this will end because no one knows. My goal with this blog post is to give you info on the past events that led to the present situation. Also hopefully will help people take this more serious then it is being taken. Timeline info comes from multiple sources including the World Health Organization, CDC, New York Times, BBC, and Axios.
Before we dive into the timeline, here are some info that is important to know to the timeline.
*Wuhan, Hubei, China is the capital of the Hubei province and 9th largest city in China with a population around 11 million. As one of China's Nine National Central Cities, Wuhan is the most important city in Central China and a major transportation hub for China.
*World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland. The main duty is to be responsible for international public health.
*Coronavirus disease 2019 (Corvid-19) is a single strand RNA virus that is extremely similar to coronaviruses in bats that is causing the current world pandemic due to how infectious it is with humans.
Dec 10th: Wei Guixian , is a 61 year old who was a seafood merchant at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan; is one of the earliest known coronavirus patients starts feeling ill.
Dec 16th: Patient admitted to Wuhan Hospital with infection in both lungs but resistant to anti flu drugs. staff later learned he worked at a wildlife market connected to the outbreak.
Dec 27th: Wuhan health officials are told that a new coronavirus is causing the illness.
Dec 30th: Ai Fen, a top direcrtor at Wuhan Central hosptial, posts information on WeChat about the new virus. She was reprimanded for doing so and told not to spread information about it.
Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang also shares information on WeChat about the new SARS-like virus. He is called in for questioning shortly afterward.
Wuhan health commisooion notifies hosptials of a "pneumonia of unclear cause" and orders them to report any related information.
Dec 31st: Wuhan health officials confirms 27 new cases of illness and close the Huanan Market
China tells the World Health Organization's China office about the cases of an unknown illness.
Jan 1st: Wuhan Public Security Bureau brings in for questioning eight doctors who had posted information about the illness on WeChat.
Zhang Jin (Commission Chief) and Liu Yingzi (Director) at the Hubei Provincial Health Commission orders labs, which had already determined that the novel virus was similar to SARS, to stop testing samples and to destroy existing samples.
Jan 2nd: Chinese researchers map the new coronavirus complete genetic information. This information is not made public until Jan 9.
Jan 7th: Xi Jinping becomes involved in the response.
Jan 9th: China announces it has mapped the coronavirus genome.
Jan 11-17th: Important pre-scheduled China's Communist Party meeting held in Wuhan. During that time, the Wuhan health commission insists there are no new cases
Jan 11th: 61 year old that was diagnosed has died due to respiratory failure caused by severe pneumonia.
Jan 13th: First coronavirus case reported in by a taxi driver in Thailand, the first known case outside of China.
Jan 14th: WHO announces Chinese authorities have seen "no clear evidence of human to human transmission of the novel coronavirus.
Jan 15th: The patient who becomes the first confirmed US case leaves Wuhan and arrives in the United States carrying the virus.
Jan 16th: Japanese authorities confirm that a Japanese man who traveled to Wuhan is infected by the virus.
Jan 18th: The Wuhan Health Commission announces four new cases.
Annual Wuhan Lunar New Year banquet. Tens of thousands of people gathered for a potluck.
Jan 19th: Beijing sends epidemiologists to Wuhan.
Jan 20th: The first case announced in South Korea
Zhong Nanshan, a top Chinese doctor who is helping to coordinate the coronavirus response, announces the virus can be passed between people.
China reports 139 new cases of the sickness, including a 3rd death.
Jan 21st: The CDC confirms the first coronavirus case in the US in Washington state.
Jan 23th: The WHO says that the Wuhan coronavirus does not yet constitute a public health emergency of international concern.
Jan 24th: China extrends the lockdown to cover 36 million people and starts to rapidly build a new hospital in Wuhan. From this point, very strict measures continue to be implemented around the country for the rest of the epidemic.
Jan 28th: Chinese president Xi Jinping and the WHO decides to send a team of international experts including CDC staff to China to investigate the outbreak.
Jan 30th: The WHO declared coronavirus as a global health emergency.
Jan 31st: The Trump administration restricted travel from China: 213 people have died with 9800 infections worldwide.
Feb 2nd: A man in the Phillippines dies from the virus- first death outside of China
Feb 7th: 10 people aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship are confirmed carrying the virus. Ship carries over 3700 people. Ship is under quarantine thru Feb 19th.
Li Wenliang, a doctor in Wuhan who first posted about the virus on WeChat died.
Feb 10th: Chinese president Xi leads efforts to contain the virus in Beijing, first time he has appeared on the front lines of the fight against the outbreak.
Feb 11th: The WHO names the coronavirus Covid-19.
Feb 14th: A Chinese tourist who tested positive for the virus dies in France.
Egypt announces first case of virus making it the first case in Africa.
Feb 15th: Qiushi publishes transcript of a speech made on Feb 3rd by Xi in which he was aware of the virus since Jan 7th.
Feb 26th: CDC official that patient being treated for novel coronavirus is the first US case of unknown origin. The patient, who didn't have any relevant travel history nor exposure ot another known patient is the first case of community spread.
President Trump places Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the US response with growing criticism of the White House's handling of the outbreak.
Feb 29th: First death in the US. Washington governor declares a state of emergency.
Mar 1st:Florida governor declares public health emergency. Kentucky, New York, Maryland, Utah and Oregon declare state of emergency.
Mar 3rd: The Federal Reserve slashes interest rates by half a percentage in an attempt to give the US economy a jolt. Biggest slash since 2008.
Mar 4th: CDC removes earlier restrictions that limited coronavirus testing of the general public to people in the hospital.
Mar 9th: Italian Prime Minster Conte announces that the whole country of Italy is on lockdown.
Mar 11th: The WHO declares the coronavirus as a pandemic.
Trump announces that he is restricting travel from Europe
Mar 13th: Trump declares a national emergency to free up $50 billion in federal resources to combat coronavirus.
Mar 18th: Trump signs into law a coronavirus relief package.
At the time this blog was posted, there are 125 cases in South Carolina including 11 in Charlseton County. Kershaw County leads the state with 36 cases. 3 deaths in South Carolina. National cases are over 22,000.
The biggest argument I hear about the coronavirus is the fact that the flu has killed more that what this virus has. What I'll say about that is there are plenty of people who have immunity to the flu. This is a new virus that at the present moment no one has immunity to it. This means that if you do get the virus, it doesn't guaranteed death since the mortality rate is around 3.5% but its so infectious that anyone expose will get it is which the quarantine is in place. But if you any underlying health issues and somehow come in contact with anyone who has been infected. Its been known to severely weaken the body. Essentially my fellow people, watch out for each other, sanitize and wash your hands regularly. Would love feedback from anyone affected by this through my website.