With at least 137 countries now infected by the coronavirus wreaking its havoc on the world, officials everywhere, but especially in the U.S. are doing all they can to learn and take action to fight against this small enemy not just to remove the threat now, but in the future as well.
The origin of the virus is Wuhan, China with the first confirmed case of COVID-19 being reported on December 8, 2019. At least, that's the date that the World Health Organization has recorded as the first documented occurrence.
However, that may not be accurate. New reports, as well as government documents, are supporting the suspicion that China may have failed to report earlier cases allowing this virus to spread more than it should have, and not just one case, but many.
According to Fox News,
Government documents seen by the South China Morning Post show the first reported case of COVID-19 surfaced on November 17. Scientists believe that a 55-year-old person from Hubei, a province in central China, could be "patient zero" though that has not yet been confirmed.
Of the first nine cases to be reported in November -- four men and five women -- none have turned out to be "patient zero," a term used to refer to the person identified as the first carrier of a communicable disease.
Each day after November 17, one to five new cases were reported, and by December 15, the number of infections had grown to 27. Five days later, the number reached 60, the SCMP said.
On December 27, Zhang Jixian, a Chinese doctor from Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, told health authorities that the peculiar pneumonia-like illness infecting people was actually caused by a new coronavirus. Three days later, the number of confirmed cases had jumped to 266. Twenty-four hours later, the number spiked to 381.
We need to remain diligent and follow precautions to help keep others safe. Even if you're at a low risk, please be mindful of others. Many carriers can remain asymptomatic and continue to spread the virus.
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