Who was the first person that got Coronavirus?
As some internet sources (like livescience.com) have mentioned, the first Chinese getting this virus came from Hubei province in China. This individual was 55-year-olds on November 17, 2019, when health workers identified the case. However, other online sources like infotagion.com believed this information remained unconfirmed. As a result, they recommended people not to share any ambiguous information about patient zero unless the source got 100 percent certainty.
The virus continued spreading quickly across Chinese regions, so the government tried to trace back the virus’s origin. After that, the Wuhan authority doubted a local wet market originated this virus. It was the Huanan seafood market, where people sold many wild animals like wolves or civets. The authority examined this market and got it closed on January 1, 2020 (zingnews.vn). It seemed like the wet market was lack of organization and sanitization when we look at pictures inside the Huanan market.
The above photos are from zingnews.vn. We could see lots of raw material lies under the ground. Plus, animal blood covers some big areas. Thus, the evidence makes us wonder about the market’s cleanliness and food quality.
Who was the first person that got Coronavirus in the United States?
It was a Chicago woman in her 60s; she returned to Illinois on January 13, 2020, after visiting Wuhan, China, on December 25, 2019. She experienced six days of incubation, showing some mild symptoms such as fever, cough, and fatigue. However, this was not a common cold. Her test showed she was positive of COVID-19. In the meantime, her husband also got infected due to close contact. Later, the patient one (the woman) went hospitalized with lung inflammation symptoms, and her husband (patient two) went hospitalized eight days apart (thelancet.com).
The response of WHO, CDC, and governments worldwide; The ongoing situation of COVID-19 outbreak:
- WHO observed many Chinese people who got sick due to unknown pneumonia on December 31, 2019. Plus, Chinese health organizations saw lots of people needed treating for pneumonia after going to the wet market in Wuhan.
- The first SARS-CoV-2 death occurred in China on January 11, 2020. The patient was a 61-year-old man who also went to the Wuhan seafood market. He got sick on December 31, 2019, and his symptoms got worse on January 4, 2020.
- Thailand was the first country that reported Coronavirus outside China. Japan was the second nation to declare its COVID-19 patients outside the Chinese boundary. The Japanese man showed some symptoms on January 3, 2020, sought medical treatment on January 6, 2020, and went hospitalized on January 10, 2020. He finally got out of the medical office on January 15, 2020, after he felt better (cidrap.umn.edu).
- South Korea reported Coronavirus on its boundary on January 20, 2020. The authority believed the virus transmitted from China and started to spread because of some church gatherings of thousands of people.
- The first confirmed case in America was a Washington man in his 30s on January 21, 2020.
- The Chinese government implemented a strict lockdown in Wuhan from January 23, 2020. Travel was minimal since all public transportation like flights, buses, ferries, and trains stopped operating.
- The pandemic approached France on January 24, 2020, came to Melbourne, Victoria of Australia on January 25, 2020, and eventually reached India on January 30, 2020.
- WHO declared Coronavirus as a global pandemic on January 31, 2020. This occasion was the sixth time in human history that WHO claimed such a heath emergency.
- Italy noticed its first two cases of Coronavirus, which stemmed from two Chinese tourists on January 31, 2020. Spain also claimed some cases in their country on the same date.
- The virus got its new name, i.e., COVID-19, on February 11, 2020. CO = Corona, VI = virus, D = disease, and 19 = 2019.
- Like China, Italy imposed some strict laws to contain the number of cases. The government quarantined 50,000 people in northern Italy on February 22, 2020.
- The first possible case of local transmission happened in California, U.S., on February 26, 2020.
- The first death reported in America was on February 29, 2020.
- … (We extracted information from Wikipedia and ABC news).
Thoughts on Coronavirus:
- The virus negatively affected the lives of people throughout the world. Therefore, to prevent its spread, many countries carried out their lockdown. In America, the lockdown was called “shelter in place” order. In particular, each lockdown could be two weeks or up to several months, depending on the severity of the overall situation.
- The virus disordered the regular rhythm of our daily life. People must stay at home to hinder the spread of this deadly virus. We had to adapt to new learning and working environments, where meetings, classes, or exams happen online. Class of 2020 had their virtual graduation.
- Some services got advantages over the others. For instance, deliveries of food, beverage, and grocery were on-demand. In the meantime, the tourism industry slowly developed due to travel restrictions.
- We must wear masks (or face covering) and stay 6 feet (2 meters) apart in public places. We acknowledge that these things are new, but we are doing this to help protect our families.
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