Coronavirus: "HIV Insertions" of artificially created bioweapon

Coronavirus: "HIV Insertions" of artificially created bioweapon

  • Coronavirus Contains "HIV Insertions", Stoking Fears Over Artificially Created Bioweapon

    Coronavirus is onehellofadrug.


    India publications are in process of timelining Meng Wanzhou also known as Cathy Meng and Sabrina Meng of Huawei's 1Dec18 arrest with suspected theft by disgruntled scientists of the coronavirus from Canada.

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    Canada Investigates China’s Biological Espionage
    By GreatGameIndia - August 8, 2019 | Last modified on January 26th, 2020 at 12:59 am
    Canada has launched an investigation into China’s Biological Espionage. Bio-warfare experts question why Canada was sending lethal viruses to China.

    James Giordano, a neurology professor at Georgetown University and senior fellow in biowarfare at the U.S. Special Operations Command, said it’s worrisome on a few fronts.

    China’s growing investment in bio-science, looser ethics around gene-editing and other cutting-edge technology and integration between government and academia raise the spectre of such pathogens being weaponized, he said.

    That could mean an offensive agent, or a modified germ let loose by proxies, for which only China has the treatment or vaccine, said Giordano, co-head of Georgetown’s Brain Science and Global Law and Policy Program.


    Rise Of China’s Biological Warfare Program
    By GreatGameIndia - January 24, 2020 | Last modified on January 26th, 2020 at 12:54 am,
    China’s Biological Warfare Program is believed to be in an advanced stage that includes research and development, production and weaponization capabilities. Its current inventory is believed to include the full range of traditional chemical and biological agents with a wide variety of delivery systems including artillery rockets, aerial bombs, sprayers, and short-range ballistic missiles.

    Although China has submitted its voluntary annual BWC confidence-building measure (CBM) data declarations every year, the US Department of State assessed in 2005 that the information submitted therein continued to be ‘inaccurate and misleading’. Further, ‘BWC CBMs since 1991 have called on the States Parties to declare, among other things, their past offensive activities, which China has not done. On the contrary, China insists it never had such a program at all.’

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    Containing The Huawei 'Virus'?Blacklisting Huawei

    "Although Meng, her father, and even the Chinese regime continue to deny the charge of Iran sanctions violations, investigations by both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government have found, without doubt, that such is the case. Those investigations, which confirmed that Huawei acts as an agent of the CCP, resulted in the U.S. Commerce Department blacklisting Huawei from buying parts from U.S. companies without special permission.

    This is the context behind Meng’s trial for extradition to the United States, which began this month. If China was expecting the United States to drop the charges against Huawei if they signed the Phase One deal, they’re likely to be disappointed."

    Reader comment:

    by ActuriousDecimusMaximus

    "Huawei stated publicly many years ago that it was going to put major emphasis into 5G technology. Everyone knew about it. No US company bothered to develop anything in the area. So, how surprising is it that Huawei is now the world leader in 5G technology with the US unable to even offer an overpriced and under-performing system to force upon it's 'allies' in their place?

    Comparing Huawei to the Coronavirus is simply distasteful. Black propaganda.

    None of the asserted spyware and back-doors in Huawei products have turned out to exist in the end. All the accusations have turned out to be false. Huawei is a competitive tech-company interested in providing quality products, at a reasonable price while maintaing the faith of it's customers. US tech is GUARANTEED to contain NSA backdoors as it is required by US law for them to be placed within all telecommunications equipment. But I love the argument: Huawei is EVIL because they have the opportunity to maybe do the same thing as the US, even though they have chosen not to. "


    China Virus Cases Almost Double Overnight, Deaths Top 100 As North Korea Closes Border


    "As we reported late last night, the number of confirmed cases in China has tripled over the weekend. Health officials have confirmed 2,804 cases in China, where the deal toll has climbed to 80 - giving the virus a roughly 5% mortality rate. Over the weekend, we joked that the scapegoating was already beginning, citing a rash of public outrage directed at health officials and Wuhan, as well as the city's mayor, Zhou Xianwang.

    In typically communist fashion, Zhou accepted responsibility for botching the initial response to the virus, and said he and the local party chief, Ma Guoqiang, would be willing to step down to quiet the public outrage. The government is scrambling to build not one, but two new hospitals in under two weeks to house coronavirus patients in Wuhan, yet doctors and nurses claim that they are still struggling with a shortage of supplies, even after local officials implored neighboring provinces to send assistance. Shortages of everything from beds to facemasks to personnel are still hurting the city's ability to treat new cases. That lockdown has obviously interfered with shipments of new supplies."


    Mao/Leninist commie sympathizers on OT are omerta re the timeline so far re the Canadian couple stealing the coronavirus and taking it to Wuhan, China.

  • dinkum said... (original post)India publications are in process of timelining Meng Wanzhou also known as Cathy Meng and Sabrina Meng of Huawei's 1Dec18 arrest with suspected ...

    It wouldn't surprise me in the least. That said, Russia, Russia, Russia, or Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine. Shiny trinkets are what we are supposed to be focused on, not real dangerous biological weapons that can be incredibly hard to stop or prove are being used to paralyze entire nations.

    Thanks for posting. It reminds me of the college paper I wrote on the CIA using HIV back in the 70's and 80's. My professor loved it and told me privately that back in the 80's a student wrote a paper similar to mine and he thought it so incredulous he only gave the student a C. Said he would have failed him had the work not been so good, but that he was 100% convinced it was fiction and held no basis in truth. Said he regretted giving that grade.

  • “Now It seems clear that [the] seafood market is not the only origin of the virus,” he wrote. “But to be honest, we still do not know where the virus came from now.”

    Lucey notes that the discovery of the coronavirus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome, a sometimes fatal disease that occurs sporadically, came from a patient in Saudi Arabia in June 2012, although later studies traced it back to an earlier hospital outbreak of unexplained pneumonia in Jordan in April 2012. Stored samples from two people who died in Jordan confirmed they had been infected with the virus. Retrospective analyses of blood samples in China from people and animals—including vendors from other animal markets—may reveal a clear picture of where the 2019-nCoV originated, he suggests. “There might be a clear signal among the noise,” he says."

    Metrobank, thanks for the link. A few local articles state that it is possible the link to the wet market was as a lunch of dinner venue for employees of the lab within a short distance away from the lab.



    Is This The Man Behind The Global Coronavirus Pandemic? Dr. Peng Zhou (??), Ph.D., a researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and Leader of the Bat Virus Infection and Immunization Group.

    "So to summarize:

    One of China's top virology and immunology experts was and still works at China's top-rated biohazard lab, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which some have affectionately called the real Umbrella Corp.

    Since 2009, Peng has been the leading Chinese scientist researching the immune mechanism of bats carrying and transmitting lethal viruses in the world.
    His primary field of study is researching how and why bats can be infected with some of the most nightmarish viruses in the world including Ebola, SARS and Coronavirus, and not get sick.

    He was genetically engineering various immune pathways (such as the STING pathway in bats) to make the bats more or less susceptible to infection, in the process potentially creating a highly resistant mutant superbug.

    As part of his studies, Peng also researched mutant Coronavirus strains that overcame the natural immunity of some bats; these are "superbug" Coronavirus strains, which are not resistant to any natural immune pathway, and now appear to be out in the wild.

    As of mid-November, his lab was actively hiring inexperienced post-docs to help conduct his research into super-Coronaviruses and bat infections.
    Peng's work on virology and bat immunology has received support from the National "You Qing" Fund, the pilot project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the major project of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

    Something tells us, if anyone wants to find out what really caused the coronavirus pandemic that has infected thousands of people in China and around the globe, they should probably pay Dr. Peng a visit."

    Or at least start with an email: Dr Peng can be reached at, and his phone# is 87197311.


    Wuhan weather forecast.

    Colder the weather the greater the spread of coronavirus.

    Warmer the weather the less spread of coronavirus.

    Infants and elderly highest rate of colds and coronavirus.

    Peasants can least afford heating. Thus more colds leading toward coronavirus.


    29Jan20 Brandon Smith
    How Viral Pandemic Benefits The Globalist Agenda

    "Only three months ago, John Hopkins, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Economic Forum (a hive of self-professed globalists) ran a "pandemic simulation" called "Event 201" specifically focused on Coronavirus. Not Ebola, or Swine Flu or even Avian Flu - but CORONAVIRUS. The simulation features the spread of coronavirus in South America, blamed on animal to human transmission (pigs). The conclusion of the exercise was that national governments were nowhere near ready, scoring 40 out of 100 on their preparedness scale. The simulation projected over 65 million deaths worldwide.

    Event 201 played out almost exactly as it has been in China today. Some very disingenuous or perhaps rather stupid people have been arguing that this kind of thing is "normal", claiming that we are "lucky" that the elites have been running simulations in advance in order to "save us" from a coronavirus outbreak. I assert that Event 201 was not a simulation but a war-game to study the possible outcomes of an event the globalists already knew was coming. Set aside the fact that before almost every major crisis event and terrorist attack for the past few decades authorities were running simulations for that exact event right before it happened; does anyone really believe that Event 201 is pure coincidence?"

    Interestingly, a representative from Johnson and Johnson, one of the companies that may end up designing a "vaccine" for the Cronavirus, suggested during Event 201 that a "centralized" global economic authority in charge of funding and procuring vaccines for various nations in crisis was an option for solving the pandemic.

    Gee, that sounds strangely similar to what globalists have been demanding for many years now, and the pandemic just happens to offer a perfect excuse for the creation of such a one-world financial authority. They might claim that such a system would be temporary according to the life of the pandemic, but this will be a lie.

    The screening process is terrible, and usually involves basic questions which can be evaded with lies. But beyond that, the virus is already here. It was circulating through China for at least a few weeks before it was ever addressed by government authorities or the CDC. It also is reported to be asymptomatic, which means it remains dormant, yet also contagious, for up to two weeks before symptoms become visible. This is a far worse scenario than the ebola scare in 2014, in that the coronavirus is able to hide effectively. The only thing that can be done to slow the spread is to shut down ALL international travel, which the CDC and the WHO have no intention of doing right now, not that it matters anymore with over 110 suspected cases in the US already.

    The reason why globalists want a collapse is simple - They need crisis in order to manipulate the masses into accepting total centralization, a global monetary system and global governance. They are also rabid believers in eugenics and population reduction. At the very least, a global pandemic is a useful happenstance for them; but the timing of the coronavirus event and their highly accurate "simulation" only three months ago also suggests their potential involvement, as it comes right as the implosion of the Everything Bubble was accelerating."


    Fantasy OPs are proliferating on OT about the glorification of China's role in coronavirus speedy disclosure. This is why I posted this OP for the few interested in the real world:

    "In 2017, scientists outside of China warned that these labs were not secure and that a virus might escape one of the facilities.

    I would use the term “escape” loosely, as there is a possibility that this event was created intentionally. The virus itself has certain hallmarks of being engineered (including its long dormant period without visible symptoms) and the current strain is probably derived from the one the Chinese stole a year ago from a lab in Winnipeg, Canada."

    Click link for full text.

  • dinkum said... (original post)“Now It seems clear that [the] seafood market is not the only origin of the virus,” he wrote. “But to be honest, we still do not know where the virus ...

    Zerohedge Suspended On Twitter
    "First it was Facebook, then all of New Zealand; now Twitter has decided to suspend Zero Hedge.

    Just as in the prior bans, which were eventually overturned, so in this case it is unclear what prompted Twitter's abrupt censorship: the only notification we received from twitter was the following:

    It is news to us that this website has "engaged in the targeted harassment of someone." What appears to have happened is that twitter received a complaint from the website best known for making cat slideshows, Buzzfeed, in which someone called Ryan Broderick writes that Zero Hedge "has released the personal information of a scientist from Wuhan, China, falsely accusing them of creating the coronavirus as a bioweapon, in a plot it said is the real-life version of the video game Resident Evil."

    A few points: the article referenced by Buzz Feed, "Is This The Man Behind The Global Coronavirus Pandemic?", is as the title implies, a question, and one which considering the huge significance and life or death import of the Coronavirus pandemic, has to be answered, especially since even the establishment's Foreign Policy magazine writes bat soup, which is widely being cited and circulated by the mainstream press as the cause of the coronavirus breakout, is not the cause of the Wuhan virus. The widely read website also chimes in: "No, Coronavirus Was Not Caused by 'Bat Soup'". Meanwhile, Business Insider writes "Experts think the Wuhan coronavirus jumped from bats to snakes to people. Bats have been the source of at least 4 pandemics."

    So considering that Peng Zhou, who currently works at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, is the Leader of the Bat Virus Infection and Immunization Group at the Institute, the question certainly is a reasonable one and, in a normal world, would demand an answer from the established media (assuming it wasn't afraid of risking lucrative Chinese funding) instead of leaving it to "fringe" websites.

    The impetus to ask the question if the disease originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is especially poignant in light of social media reports such as this one which claims to "have evidence here that the outbreak originated from Wuhan P4 Research Institute. You need to find a truly patriotic journalist to publish it to the public. You can personally trust me to provide a complete chain of evidence. Thank you."

    So did we have a right to ask the question if there is an alternative version for the emergence of the Coronavirus pandemic, especially with hundreds if not thousands of lives at stake? Absolutely.

    Meanwhile, those who wonder if Dr. Zhou has any link to the possible emergence of the Coronavirus following years of experimenting with bats, we urge you to read our full article instead of relying on the hearsay of ideologically biased journalists.

    Second, and contrary to the claims presented by Buzzfeed, we did not release any "personal information": Peng Zhou (??) is a public figure, and all the contact information that we presented was pulled from his publicly posted bio found on a website at the Wuhan Institute of Virology which anyone with access to the internet can pull from the following URL:, which is also the information we used.

    So about Buzzfeed's allegation, which was adopted by Twitter, that somehow we incited "targeted abuse", here is what we said:

    Something tells us, if anyone wants to find out what really caused the coronavirus pandemic that has infected thousands of people in China and around the globe, they should probably pay Dr. Peng a visit.

    To which we then added the information obtained from his own bio page on the Institute's website:

    "Or at least start with an email: Dr Peng can be reached at, and his phone# is 87197311"

    Are we then to understand that we have now reached a point the mere gathering of information, which our colleagues in the media may want to eventually do as thousands of people are afflicted daily by the Coronavirus, is now synonymous with "abuse and harassment"? According to Twitter, and certainly our competitors in the media, the answer is yes.

    In any case, we have emailed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who incidentally happens to follow zerohedge...

    ... for the answer. If we get one, we will promptly share it with our readers. We aren't holding our breath, however, as we realize how important it is to today's media giants not to ruffle too many Chinese feathers or lack losing access to the Chinese market. After all, who can forget the following report from the New York Times about another of our media competitors that several years ago was itself engaged in "doxing" us (yet oddly wasn't suspended by Twitter):

    The chairman of Bloomberg L.P. said in a speech here on Thursday that the company should have reconsidered articles that deviated from its core of coverage of business news, because they jeopardized the huge sales potential for its products in the Chinese market.

    The comments by the chairman, Peter T. Grauer, represented the starkest acknowledgment yet by a senior Bloomberg executive that the ambitions of the news division should be assessed in the context of the business operation, which provides the bulk of the company’s revenue. They also signaled which of those considerations might get priority.

    Acknowledging the vast size of the Chinese economy, the world’s second-biggest after that of the United States, Mr. Grauer, said, “We have to be there.”

    “We have about 50 journalists in the market, primarily writing stories about the local business and economic environment,” Mr. Grauer said in response to questions after a speech at the Asia Society. “You’re all aware that every once in a while we wander a little bit away from that and write stories that we probably may have kind of rethought — should have rethought.”

    Bloomberg, the financial data and news company, relies on sales of its terminals, which are ubiquitous on bankers’ desks around the world, for about 82 percent of its $8.5 billion in revenue. But sales of those terminals in China declined after the company published an article in June 2012 on the family wealth of Xi Jinping, at that time the incoming Communist Party chief. After its publication, officials ordered state enterprises not to subscribe to the service. Mr. Grauer did not specifically mention the article about Mr. Xi or any other articles.

    “Being in China is very much a part of our long-term strategy and will continue to be so going forward,” Mr. Grauer said. “It occupies a lot of our thinking — Dan Doctoroff, our C.E.O.; me; Mike; and other members of our senior team.”

    Some current and former Bloomberg journalists, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they had hoped the controversy surrounding Bloomberg’s China reporting would prompt the company to reaffirm its support for investigative efforts. Mr. Grauer’s comments were met with dismay, particularly because he is regarded as close to Mr. Bloomberg and would be unlikely to voice views that were not broadly accepted at the top of the company.

    Unlike Bloomberg, or anyone else in the mainstream media, we don't plan on "rethinking" any of our articles just to curry favor with the powerful and we certainly will continue our own "investigative efforts", even if it means we lose some of our inbound traffic."


    A few random rumors published in SAR:

    1. HK SAR police seared 110 hotels to locate 15 Wuhan tourists that were found. When entering a form is filled out where visitors are staying. One tourist holed up for a couple weeks spent all his money on perishables -- fruit, vegetables etc. -- that he shared with others. All were out of money and food.

    2. Very professional citizens from Africa working in Wuhan as immunologists research interspecies consumption -- especially live rats, bats, snakes etc. Why Wuhan a second tier modern city? Because peasants living and eating similar to the Middle Ages serfs/peasants flock to the city for work and bring with them their culinary customs.

    3. HK SAR has many of their 7 million residents in fear of dying. 12 confirmed cases. Doctors in hospitals exposed to coronavirus are being quarantined. Dr So quarantined himself in a hotel room instead of the isolation ward of the hospital. From there he is asking for a medical doctor strike.

    61% of medical staff respondents support a strike.

    80% support a 100% ban of mainland visitors to HK SAR

    11% are satisfied with Gov response to coronavirus outbreak

  • African physicians state they are studying China eating practices that do not exist in Africa. Purpose is for anthropological purposes.

  • possumharris said... (original post)It wouldn't surprise me in the least. That said, Russia, Russia, Russia, or Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine. Shiny trinkets are what we are supp...

    I recommend "Stonewall Uprising" for a small segment discussing the intense battle for power over research grants in the US. Recall it was so political that a signifiant portion of the US federal grants were awarded overseas -- especially France.

    Example that humans can be their own worst enemies.

  • Noted: Change of Thread Title

  • don't spread fake news.

  • cstory80 said... (original post)Noted: Change of Thread Title

    Noted: Simple minded have no idea what bio-warfare can do.

    It's an honor to be decreed by you as the most ignorant in the history of OT.

  • Rosebowl91 said... (original post)don't spread fake news.

    OK, you are the supreme hot-*****-on-a-silver-platter OT poster who denies just about everything taught by non-slave thinkers and actors in grade three.

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  • Measuring the Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Outbreak

    Zhixing Zhang
    Senior East Asia Analyst, Stratfor
    Jan 31, 2020 | 18:47 GMT

    "A shopper in Wuhan, China, examines produce at a vendor's stall on Jan. 31, more than a week into the quarantine of the city brought on by the outbreak of a potentially-deadly coronavirus. The economic blow to the provincial capital will be substantial, especially as the quarantine lingers, and could reduce Chinese economic growth by as much as 1.5 percent, some estimates show.
    (Getty Images)
    • China's already-weakening economy is set to take a significant blow as measures taken to limit the spread of a coronavirus outbreak disrupt the travel and spending period that began with the Jan. 25 Lunar New Year.
    • Past experience suggests that once the outbreak is contained, affected sectors like transportation, retail and restaurants will quickly rebound.
    • Extended quarantines and transit disruptions could have longer-term consequences for China's industrial, manufacturing and commercial output and supply chains.
    • At this point, the economic impact of the coronavirus appears mostly confined to China, but the outbreak will continue to unsettle global markets, at least in the short term.
    Editor's Note: This Stratfor analysis examines the potential economic impacts of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak; be on the lookout for further pieces on specific sectors in the days ahead.

    The coronavirus outbreak that has thus far killed scores and sickened thousands in China is set to deliver a significant blow to its already-weakening economy. Quarantines and travel bans enacted to limit the spread of the illness have disrupted what is usually the country's busiest travel and spending periods of the year, the Lunar New Year holiday that began Jan. 25. Public transportation, including trains, planes and ferries in and out Hubei province, whose capital, Wuhan, was the epicenter of the outbreak, have been suspended, curtailing the freedom of movement for some 60 million people.

    The lockdowns have also created major supply chain disruptions in the province, a major manufacturing center for automobiles, fiber optic cable and machinery and a key Chinese transit hub. The disruptions are not limited to the province, however, and business and industrial activities across the nation, already substantially slowed or even suspended over the past week, will likely continue to suffer until the outbreak is contained. Even if that occurs within a matter of weeks, China could experience the ripple effects of the disruptions for some time.

    The Big Picture
    Chinese authorities have imposed strict measures, including travel bans and quarantines, to try to contain the fast spread of a coronavirus that apparently originated in the strategic central city of Wuhan. The outbreak will inflict substantial, but potentially short-term, costs and supply chain disruptions on the Chinese economy — but the longer the outbreak lasts and the farther it spreads, the more serious the consequences for China and the rest of the world."


    If you have a reason to visit quarantined areas, do NOT book air and hotel reservations together. If you do it is considered a tour package subject to quarantine.

    Depending upon from what country you return from China, you should expect a two week quarantine before you can go about your business.

    Always wear a mask when confronting immigration officials. Not mandatory. Common sense not to shake hands, and if so, wash hands immediately. There's much more, but you should get the picture.

    In some countries there are still pork inspections for ALL air passengers PLUS visual inspections of ALL passengers for signs of high temperatures or lung issues. Health checkpoints administer testing PRIOR to reaching immigration windows.

  • Cadavers of peasants are being burned in quarantine areas in order to reduce death count.

    Again, cold weather increases cases of coronavirus and warm weather should reduce cases of coronavirus.

    Presence of AIDS/HIV INSERTIONS can change this warm weather reduction assumption.

  • Lunar New Year vacations today outside quarantine areas extended 2 to 3 weeks more. Quarantine areas resumption of many public services and events indefinitely suspended.

  • dinkum said... (original post)Cadavers of peasants are being burned in quarantine areas in order to reduce death count. Again, cold weather increases cases of coronavirus and warm ...

    Source for this fake news?


    As New Coronavirus Spread, China’s Old Habits Delayed Fight

    By andUpdated Feb. 2, 2020,
    "At critical turning points, Chinese authorities put secrecy and order ahead of openly confronting the growing crisis and risking public alarm or political embarrassment.

    The Wuhan Red Cross Hospital on Jan. 25 — five days after China acknowledged a new virus could pass from human to human, but weeks after it had started to spread.

    WUHAN, China — A mysterious illness had stricken seven patients at a hospital, and a doctor tried to warn his medical school classmates. “Quarantined in the emergency department,” the doctor, Li Wenliang, wrote in an online chat group on Dec. 30, referring to patients.

    “So frightening,” one recipient replied, before asking about the epidemic that began in China in 2002 and ultimately killed nearly 800 people. “Is SARS coming again?”

    In the middle of the night, officials from the health authority in the central city of Wuhan summoned Dr. Li, demanding to know why he had shared the information. Three days later, the police compelled him to sign a statement that his warning constituted “illegal behavior.”

    The illness was not SARS, but something similar: a coronavirus that is now on a relentless march outward from Wuhan, throughout the country and across the globe, killing at least 304 people in China and infecting more than 14,380 worldwide.

    Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Spread of the Outbreak

    The virus has sickened more than 14,500 people in China and 23 other countries.

    The government’s initial handling of the epidemic allowed the virus to gain a tenacious hold. At critical moments, officials chose to put secrecy and order ahead of openly confronting the growing crisis to avoid public alarm and political embarrassment.

    A reconstruction of the crucial seven weeks between the appearance of the first symptoms in early December and the government’s decision to lock down the city, based on two dozen interviews with Wuhan residents, doctors and officials, on government statements and on Chinese media reports, points to decisions that delayed a concerted public health offensive.

    In those weeks, the authorities silenced doctors and others for raising red flags. They played down the dangers to the public, leaving the city’s 11 million residents unaware they should protect themselves. They closed a food market where the virus was believed to have started, but didn’t broadly curb the wildlife trade.

    Their reluctance to go public, in part, played to political motivations as local officials prepared for their annual congresses in January. Even as cases climbed, officials declared repeatedly that there had likely been no more infections.

    By not moving aggressively to warn the public and medical professionals, public health experts say, the Chinese government lost one of its best chances to keep the disease from becoming an epidemic.

    “This was an issue of inaction,” said Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations who studies China. “There was no action in Wuhan from the local health department to alert people to the threat.”

    The first case, the details of which are limited and the specific date unknown, was in early December. By the time the authorities galvanized into action on Jan. 20, the disease had grown into a formidable threat.

    Dr. Li Wenliang
    It is now a global health emergency. It has triggered travel restrictions around the world, shaken financial markets and created perhaps the greatest challenge yet for China’s leader, Xi Jinping. The crisis could upend Mr. Xi’s agenda for months or longer, even undermining his vision of a political system that offers security and growth in return for submission to iron-fisted authoritarianism.

    On the last day of 2019, after Dr. Li’s message was shared outside the group, the authorities focused on controlling the narrative. The police announced that they were investigating eight people for spreading rumors about the outbreak.

    That same day, Wuhan’s health commission, its hand forced by those “rumors,” announced that 27 people were suffering from pneumonia of an unknown cause. Its statement said there was no need to be alarmed.

    “The disease is preventable and controllable,” the statement said.

    Dr. Li, an ophthalmologist, went back to work after being reprimanded. On Jan. 10, he treated a woman for glaucoma. He did not know she had already been infected with the coronavirus, probably by her daughter. They both became sick. So would he.

    Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan on Jan. 11. It was shut on Jan. 1 — for renovation, state media said.Noel Celis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
    Hazmat Suits and Disinfectants

    Hu Xiaohu, who sold processed pork in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, sensed by late December that something was amiss. Workers were coming down with nagging fevers. No one knew why but, Mr. Hu said, several were in hospital quarantine.

    The market occupies much of a block in a newer part of the city, sitting incongruously near apartment buildings and shops catering to the growing middle class. It is a warren of stalls selling meats, poultry and fish, as well as more exotic fare, including live reptiles and wild game that some in China prize as delicacies. According to a report by the city’s center for disease control, sanitation was dismal, with poor ventilation and garbage piled on wet floors.

    In hospitals, doctors and nurses were puzzled to see a cluster of patients with symptoms of a viral pneumonia that did not respond to the usual treatments. They soon noticed that many patients had one thing in common: They worked in Huanan market.

    On Jan. 1, police officers showed up at the market, along with public health officials, and shut it down. Local officials issued a notice that the market was undergoing an environmental and hygienic cleanup related to the pneumonia outbreak. That morning, workers in hazmat suits moved in, washing out stalls and spraying disinfectants.

    It was, for the public, the first visible government response to contain the disease. The day before, on Dec. 31, national authorities had alerted the World Health Organization’s office in Beijing of an outbreak.

    How Bad Will the Coronavirus Outbreak Get? Here Are 6 Key Factors

    Here’s what early research says about how the pathogen behaves and the factors that will determine whether it can be contained.

    City officials struck optimistic notes in their announcements. They suggested they had stopped the virus at its source. The cluster of illnesses was limited. There was no evidence the virus spread between humans.

    “Projecting optimism and confidence, if you don’t have the data, is a very dangerous strategy,” said Alexandra Phelan, a faculty research instructor in the department of microbiology and immunology at Georgetown University.

    “It undermines the legitimacy of the government in messaging,” she added. “And public health is dependent on public trust.”

    Nine days after the market closed, a man who shopped there regularly became the first fatality of the disease, according to a report by the Wuhan Health Commission, the agency that oversees public health and sanitation. The 61-year-old, identified by his last name, Zeng, already had chronic liver disease and a tumor in his abdomen, and had checked into Wuhan Puren Hospital with a raging fever and difficulty breathing.

    The authorities disclosed the man’s death two days after it happened. They did not mention a crucial detail in understanding the course of the epidemic. Mr. Zeng’s wife had developed symptoms five days after he did.

    She had never visited the market.

    The Race to Identify a Killer

    About 20 miles from the market, scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were studying samples from the patients checking into the city’s hospitals. One of the scientists, Zheng-Li Shi, was part of the team that tracked down the origins of the SARS virus, which emerged in the southern province of Guangdong in 2002.

    As the public remained largely in the dark about the virus, she and her colleagues quickly pieced together that the new outbreak was related to SARS. The genetic composition suggested a common initial host: bats. The SARS epidemic began when a coronavirus jumped from bats to Asian palm civets, a catlike creature that is legally raised and consumed. It was likely that this new coronavirus had followed a similar path — possibly somewhere in or on the way to the Huanan market or another market like it.

    Around the same time, Dr. Li and other medical professionals in Wuhan started trying to provide warnings to colleagues and others when the government did not. Lu Xiaohong, the head of gastroenterology at City Hospital No. 5, told China Youth Daily that she had heard by Dec. 25 that the disease was spreading among medical workers — a full three weeks before the authorities would acknowledge the fact. She did not go public with her concerns, but privately warned a school near another market.

    By the first week of January, the emergency ward in Hospital No. 5 was filling; the cases included members of the same family, making it clear that the disease was spreading through human contact, which the government had said was not likely.

    No one realized, the doctor said, that it was as serious as it would become until it was too late to stop it.

    “I realized that we had underestimated the enemy,” she said.

    At the Institute of Virology, Dr. Shi and her colleagues isolated the genetic sequence and the viral strain during the first week of January. They used samples from seven of the first patients, six of them vendors at the market.

    On Jan. 7, the institute’s scientists gave the new coronavirus its identity and began referring to it by the technical shorthand 2019-nCoV. Four days later, the team shared the virus’s genetic makeup in a public database for scientists everywhere to use.

    That allowed scientists around the world to study the virus and swiftly share their findings. As the scientific community moved quickly to devise a test for exposure, political leaders remained reluctant to act.

    ‘Politics is Always No. 1’

    As the virus spread in early January, the mayor of Wuhan, Zhou Xianwang, was touting futuristic health care plans for the city.

    It was China’s political season, when officials gather for annual meetings of People’s Congresses — the Communist Party-run legislatures that discuss and praise policies. It is not a time for bad news.

    When Mr. Zhou delivered his annual report to the city’s People’s Congress on Jan. 7 against a backdrop of bright red national flags, he promised the city top-class medical schools, a World Health Expo, and a futuristic industry park for medical companies. Not once did he or any other city or provincial leader publicly mention the viral outbreak.

    “Stressing politics is always No. 1,” the governor of Hubei, Wang Xiaodong, told officials on Jan. 17, citing Mr. Xi’s precepts of top-down obedience. “Political issues are at any time the most fundamental major issues.”

    Shortly after, Wuhan went ahead with a massive annual potluck banquet for 40,000 families from a city precinct, which critics later cited as evidence that local leaders took the virus far too lightly.

    As the congress was taking place, the health commission’s daily updates on the outbreak said again and again that there were no new cases of infection, no firm evidence of human transmission and no infection of medical workers.

    “We knew this was not the case!” said a complaint later filed with the National Health Commission on a government website. The anonymous author said he was a doctor in Wuhan and described a surge in unusual chest illnesses beginning Jan. 12.

    Officials told doctors at a top city hospital “don’t use the words viral pneumonia on the image reports,” according to the complaint, which has since been removed. People were complacent, “thinking that if the official reports had nothing, then we were exaggerating,” the doctor explained.

    Even those stricken felt lulled into complacency.

    When Dong Guanghe developed a fever on Jan. 8 in Wuhan, his family was not alarmed, his daughter said. He was treated in the hospital and sent home. Then, 10 days later, Mr. Dong’s wife fell ill with similar symptoms.

    “The news said nothing about the severity of the epidemic,” said the daughter, Dong Mingjing. “I thought that my dad had a common cold.”

    The government’s efforts to minimize public disclosure persuaded more than just untrained citizens.

    “If there are no new cases in the next few days, the outbreak is over,” Guan Yi, a respected professor of infectious diseases at the University of Hong Kong, said on Jan. 15.

    The World Health Organization’s statements during this period echoed the reassuring words of Chinese officials.

    It had spread. Thailand reported the first confirmed case outside China on Jan. 13.

    A City Besieged

    The first deaths and the spread of the disease abroad appeared to grab the attention of the top authorities in Beijing. The national government dispatched Zhong Nanshan, a renowned and now-semiretired epidemiologist who was instrumental in the fight against SARS, to Wuhan to assess the situation.

    He arrived on Jan. 18, just as the tone of local officials was shifting markedly. A health conference in Hubei Province that day called on medical workers to make the disease a priority. An internal document from Wuhan Union Hospital warned its employees that the coronavirus could be spread through saliva.

    On Jan. 20, more than a month after the first symptoms spread, the current of anxiety that had been steadily gaining strength exploded into public. Dr. Zhong announced in an interview on state television that there was no doubt that the coronavirus spread with human contact. Worse, one patient had infected at least 14 medical personnel.

    Mr. Xi, fresh from a state visit to Myanmar, made his first public statement about the outbreak, issuing a brief set of instructions.

    It was only with the order from Mr. Xi that the bureaucracy leapt into action. At that point the death toll was three; in the next 11 days, it would rise above 200.

    In Wuhan, the city banned tour groups from visiting. Residents began pulling on masks.

    Guan Yi, the Hong Kong expert who had earlier voiced optimism that the outbreak could level off, was now alarmed. He dropped by one of the city’s other food markets and was shocked by the complacency, he said. He told city officials that the epidemic was “already beyond control” and would leave. “I hurriedly booked a departure,” Dr. Guan told Caixin, a Chinese news organization.

    Two days later, the city announced that it was shutting itself down, a move that could only have been approved by Beijing.

    In Wuhan, many residents said they did not grasp the gravity of the epidemic until the lockdown. The mass alarm that officials feared at the start became a reality, heightened by the previous paucity of information.

    Crowds of people crushed the airport and train stations to get out before the deadline fell on the morning of Jan. 23. Hospitals were packed with people desperate to know if they, too, were infected.

    “We didn’t wear masks at work. That would have frightened off customers,” Yu Haiyan, a waitress from rural Hubei, said of the days before the shutdown. “When they closed off Wuhan, only then did I think, ‘Oh, this is really serious, this is not some average virus.’”

    Wuhan’s mayor, Zhou Xianwang, later took responsibility for the delay in reporting the scale of the epidemic, but said he was hampered by the national law on infectious diseases. That law allows provincial governments to declare an epidemic only after receiving central government approval. “After I receive information, I can only release it when I’m authorized,” he said.

    Dr. Li in Wuhan Central Hospital on Friday.
    The official reflex for suppressing discomforting information now appears to be cracking, as officials at various levels seek to shift blame for the government’s response.

    With the crisis worsening, Dr. Li’s efforts are no longer viewed as reckless. A commentary on the social media account of the Supreme People’s Court criticized the police for investigating people for circulating rumors.

    “It might have been a better way to prevent and control the new coronavirus today if the public had believed the ‘rumor’ then and started to wear masks and carry out sanitary measures and avoid the wild animal market,” the commentary said.

    Dr. Li is 34 and has a child. He and his wife are expecting a second in the summer. He is now recovering from the virus in the hospital where he worked. In an interview via text messages, he said he felt aggrieved by the police actions.

    “If the officials had disclosed information about the epidemic earlier,” he said, “I think it would have been a lot better. There should be more openness and transparency.”

    This article is based on reporting and research by Elsie Chen, Sheri Fink, Claire Fu, Javier Hernandez, Zoe Mou, Amy Qin, Knvul Sheikh, Amber Wang, Yiwei Wang, Sui-Lee Wee, Li Yuan, Albee Zhang and Raymond Zhong.

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