November 17, 2019 would be the date of the world’s first case of coronavirus (Covid-19). Patient zero would be a 55-year-old person living in Hubei province, the epicenter of the epidemic that is raging the world.
Members of the medical community, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed that only until the end of December did Chinese hospitals learn that they were facing a new disease.. And only until January 2020 was the epidemic reported in Wuhan City.
Now that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the pandemic, scientists race against the clock and try to map the early transmission pattern of the Covid-19. Researchers are trying to understand how the disease spread and determine how the undetected and undocumented cases contributed to its transmission. All this will give the necessary tools to control the virus, he reported. South China Morning Post.
After reviewing confidential information from the Chinese government, South China Morning Post He was able to know how fast the coronavirus spreads in its early days. Since the first case on November 17, the number has been increasing. By December 15, the total number of people with coronavirus was 27. And by the end of 2019, the number of infected was 266. On January 1, the number increased to 381.
On December 27, Zhang Jixian, a doctor at Hubei Provincial Hospital for Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, warned health authorities that the disease suffered by patients was the new coronavirus.
In the meantime, scientists and researchers try to locate the patient zero and thus be able to trace with certainty what was the source that originated the Covid-19, which is believed to have jumped humans from a wild animal, possibly a bat.
According to the WHO, the first case of coronavirus in China occurred on December 8. However, the organization is based on the data that the official authorities provide.
On the other hand, Dr. Hu Ke has been treating critically ill patients in Wuhan City under very harsh conditions for almost two months. In an interview with Efe, he warns that the virus “does not distinguish ages”, although the majority of cases are between 40 and 50 years old.
Hu, 55, works at the Wuhan University People’s Hospital, where he is also a professor of pulmonary medicine and is part of the team of medical experts appointed by the Hubei province to combat the disease.