coronavirus timeline

The Coronavirus Timeline



illness appear contagious
exhibit symptom patient (2)
viral authority pneumonia
admit outbreak investigate
among wildlife sell/sold/sold
tie (2) casualty shut/shut/shut
dawn declare fall victim
culprit novel (2) shut down
affect confirm rise/rose/risen
border case (2) unsettling
likely drastic transmission
mask predict wear/wore/worn
treat follow (2) grow/grew/grown
spread step (2) suspend (2)
report period (3) incubation
carrier post (3) begin/began/begun
infect remain emergency
kick in response coordinate
infect province lock down
victim announce claim a life
reach mainland whistle blower
claim whistle blow/blew/blown



Video: The Coronavirus Timeline



People with an unknown illness began appearing at Wuhan Central Hospital in early December, 2019.

Late in the month, Li Wenliang a doctor there, posts on social media that patients in the hospital were exhibiting symptoms of “viral pneumonia”.

Chinese health authorities admit they’re investigating an outbreak. Among the first patients, many have direct ties to the Wuhan Seafood Market, where wildlife is also sold.

By January first, it shut down.

Early January

As 2020 dawns, Chinese health authorities announce they’ve identified the culprit: a novel coronavirus. A sixty-one (61) year old becomes the outbreak’s first casualty.

The number of people affected starts to rise.

And before long, Thailand confirms a first case outside China’s borders. Then Japan reports another. Unsettlingly, neither have visited the Wuhan market, so person to person transmission sounds increasingly likely.

And inside China, the virus spreads to other cities. People begin wearing masks. Over two-hundred (200) cases are confirmed. Experts predict many more.

Late January

Medical workers in Wuhan themselves grow sick after treating patients. Taiwan the US report cases, followed by a number of other countries, including Germany.

The Chinese government takes a drastic step: suspending all traffic out of Wuhan, as well as public transport in the city.

Researchers report the coronavirus has an incubation period, and that carriers not yet showing symptoms might be contagious — right as the Lunar New Year starts; and millions of people begin moving around the country.

There are nearly two-thousand confirmed cases worldwide. Fifty have died.

The WHO (World Health Organization) declared the outbreak a global health emergency, kicking in a more coordinated, international response.

Early February

As January turns to February, Wuhan remains in lock-down. Cases are confirmed in every province of Mainland China. Li Wenliang, the doctor and whistle-blower, falls victim to the novel coronavirus, one of many.

In just over two months, it’s reached at least twenty-seven (27) countries, infected over forty-two thousand (42,000) people and claimed over a thousand lives.


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1. In early December, 2019, locals came to a hospital in Wuhan, and said that they had a coronavirus infection. True or false?

2. Did they contract the illness from visiting sailors?

3. People can only become infected through bites from bats, snakes and civet cats. Is this right or wrong?

4. Is the coronavirus epidemic confined to Wuhan, China, or has it spread elsewhere?

5. Has the government taken action? What measures has the government taken?

6. Only people who are sneezing and coughing can transmit the disease. Is this correct or incorrect?

7. Is the coronavirus very contagious? Is it fatal?


A. I have had the common cold. Yes or no?

B. Do you know anyone who never or seldom gets ill? Do know people who often gets ill?

C. Why do people get sick? How can people cure themselves of the flu or cold?

D. What might happen in the future?

E. What should people and governments do?

F. Are there “conspiracy theories” behind the coronavirus epidemic?

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