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Dec. 31, 2019 Sharon Sanders FluTrackers
A community volunteer in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Hazy reports out of China in the final hours of 2019 alerted a Florida health blogger that a new epidemic had blossomed. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Paul Farhi
January 1st, 2020
World Health Organization in touch with Beijing after a mystery viral pneumonia outbreak
Kristin Huang South China Morning Post
Bloomberg China Pneumonia Outbreak Spurs WHO Action as Mystery Lingers Jason Gale January 4, 2020
January 5, 2020
Wikipedia article about the “2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak” was created.
January 6th, 2020
The New York Times on Jan. 6 took note of a “pneumonia-like illness” that had sickened 59 people in Wuhan. (That first Times story was published on page 13 of its print edition);
January 8th, 2020 The Washington Post (the Post put its first story on A14).
The Times and AP published staff stories about the outbreak after Chinese researchers determined that the illnesses in Wuhan — later dubbed covid-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO) — were the result of a previously unknown coronavirus.
January 8th, 2020
Asia & Pacific Specter of possible new virus emerging from central China raises alarms across Asia By Gerry Shih , and Lena H. Sunermiwe 6 months ago
“ The scariest part of this article? The quote at the end by a former Chinese public health official: “It’s impossible for something like SARS to happen again.” Unfounded panic does no good. But unfounded certainty about public safety in the face of potential pandemic seems reckless -- especially from someone with supposed expertise. An outbreak like SARS or worse easily could happen again, at any time, without warning.”
Jan. 20, 2020
Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto, for example, brought it up in an interview with an emergency-room physician on Jan. 20, noting the potential for rapid transmission. “So I’m beginning to wonder now whether the genie is out of the bottle here...”
Jan. 28, 2020
Quarantines, flu vaccines and other steps to take before the Wuhan virus becomes widespread. OPINION COMMENTARY By Luciana Borio and Scott Gottlieb
February 3, 2020
Coronavirus Cash Flow Quickens as HHS Seeks to Move $136 Million Bloomberg Government Jack Fitzpatrick, Shira Stein, and Alex Ruoff
“ House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) told reporters Jan. 29 she didn’t see a supplemental spending measure as necessary yet”.
The agency told congressional offices it would move as much as $75 million to the CDC, as much as $52 million to the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and as much as $8 million to the Office of Global Affairs, according to a person familiar with the request.
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February 28, 2020
'They think this is going to be the thing that brings down the president. That's what this is all about By WND Staff
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Mitigation can buy us time, but only suppression can get us to where we need to be.
Aaron E. Carroll Professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine
Ashish Jha Professor of Global Health at Harvard University
April 8, 2020 by Jeff Jarvis
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Imagine if the National Transportation Safety Board investigated America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. James Fallows The Atlantic