The medic from Wuhan advised his friends to privately warn their loved ones. Hours later, screenshots of his messages went viral.
On December 30, Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old doctor from Wuhan, wrote to a group of his university classmates on the WeChat social network: seven patients from the local seafood market were diagnosed with SARS-like disease, they were quarantined in the hospital. This is reported by CNN.
Lee explained that, according to a test he saw, the disease is coronavirus – a large family of viruses that includes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Close. Hours later, screenshots of his messages went viral.
On the same day, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission issued an emergency notice informing the city’s medical institutions that a number of patients in the wholesale seafood market had been diagnosed with “unknown pneumonia”.
The notification was accompanied by a warning: “Any organization or individuals are prohibited from publishing treatment information without permission.”
On 31 December, Wuhan health authorities held an emergency meeting to discuss the outbreak. Lee called his hospital’s guide to find out how he learned of the cases of the infection.
On January 3, Lee was summoned to a local police station and reprimanded for “spreading rumors on the Internet” and “serious disturbance of public order” because of a message he sent to a chat group. Lee had to sign a statement acknowledging his “misconduct” and vowing not to take further “illegal actions”.
On 1 February, Li Wenlian was confirmed to have coronavirus infection. His diagnosis has sparked outrage across China, where a backlash has intensified over state censorship of the disease and delays warning the public of the deadly virus.
It was previously reported that the percentage of deaths from coronavirus has been calculated.
We also wrote that China reported a breakthrough in the treatment of coronavirus. The method involves the use of artificial protein to protect the body’s cells from attacks of the virus 2019-nCoV.