The  Media Timeline 


Dec. 31, 2019  Sharon Sanders FluTrackers

How a blogger in Florida put out an early warning about the coronavirus crisis

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

Act Now to Prevent an American Epidemic

Quarantines, flu vaccines and other steps to take before the Wuhan virus becomes widespread.  OPINION   COMMENTARY By Luciana Borio and Scott Gottlieb

WSJ (Paywall)


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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Shira Stein in Washington at

Alex Ruoff in Washington at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Paul Hendrie at; Robin Meszoly at


February 28, 2020 

Trump: 'Disreputable' media's coronavirus coverage meant to 'instill fear'


'They think this is going to be the thing that brings down the president. That's what this is all about By WND Staff


Feb. 28, 2020 

Conservative pundits blame a grab bag of supposed villains amid the coronavirus outbreak Media By Paul Farhi


March 1st, 2020 

Trump is pushing a dangerous, false spin on coronavirus — and the media is helping him spread it


March 11, 2020  

How to prepare for coronavirus in the U.S.Health Reis ThebaultAlex Horton and  Lateshia Beachum

Media Timeline 


March 13, 2020  

In this crisis, God bless the net by Jeff Jarvis coronavirus, dystopia, epidemic, Internet, pandemic


March 19, 2020

This Is How We Can Beat the Coronavirus IDEAS


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


COVID Journalism: Episodes 1-4

April 8, 2020 by Jeff Jarvis

covid, covid-19, journalism, science

COVID Tweeter List 

Experts on the disease: epidemiologists, virologists, physicians, researchers--science.

Jeff Jarvis  @jeffjarvis

The 3 Weeks That Changed Everything

Imagine if the National Transportation Safety Board investigated America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.  James Fallows The Atlantic