In December of 2019, a severe SARS-like virus broke out in China. After a post by Dr. Li Wenliang, a now universally recognized hero, that detailed the serious potential implications of the novel coronavirus, went internationally viral, immediate efforts were made to stop the spread. With a lot of assistance from the United States, the virus was able to be contained to the country of China. The immense collaborative efforts between the two countries strengthened their partnership, resulting as newfound allies. If it weren’t for the prompt precautionary actions taken by the United States and the Chinese government, the world could have looked a lot different.
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- December 30, 2019 – Dr. Li Wenliang, Chinese ophthalmologist, issues a warning to his colleagues on one of the largest social media platforms in China to take precaution after encountering seven cases of a virus which resembled SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). The post gains immediate traction, making its way to Twitter, where it is then shared millions of times all across the world on several social media platforms.
- December 31, 2019 – After endless questioning from the press and public, Chinese officials confirm that Dr. Li Wenliang’s observations are accurate and dozens of similar cases are being seen across the region.
- January 1, 2020 – In response to Dr. Wenliang’s warning and guidance of CDC health officials, United States President Donald Trump executes an immediate international travel ban and develops a task force of medical personnel to be sent into China to combat the virus. He urges China to enact a domestic and international travel ban to help prevent a repeat of 2003 (SARS pandemic).
- January 2, 2020 – China implements a nationwide lockdown, banning international travel, as a means of precaution.
- January 4, 2020 – Together, Chinese and American researchers come together to identify the novel coronavirus and locate ground zero to a market in Wuhan.
- January 11, 2020 – First known death related to the virus occurs; identified as 61-year old man with underlying health conditions who visited the market in Wuhan regularly.
- January 18, 2020 – Researchers confirm that the coronavirus spreads between humans.
- January 22, 2020 -- China announces plans to build two hospitals to help alleviate the high capacity and workload of patients. It is said to be completed within a 10-day timespan.
- January 24-30, 2020 – China celebrates the Lunar New Year within their homes as no large gatherings are allowed.
- February 4, 2020 – President Trump delivers his State of the Union Address in which he pays homage to those who are risking their lives to in China to fight the deadly virus. He announces that the U.S. is shipping ventilators and other needed medical equipment to China to help support the growing number of cases as they have reached 21K cases and 413 deaths.
- February 14, 2020 – In honor of Valentine’s Day, #CupidCureChina is trending on all social media platforms, sending love to China and those affected by the deadly virus.
- February 16, 2020 – 50K confirmed cases of coronavirus in China. 1,010 deaths total. No reported cases outside of China.
- February 22, 2020 – Confirmed cases rise to 55K in China. Death toll reaches 1,425.
- February 26, 2020 – Christians around the world gather to celebrate Ash Wednesday. Pope Francis asks the world to remember and pray for the people of China during this Holy day of prayer and reflection and to be thankful for the little things in life.
- March 8, 2020 – No new reports of coronavirus in China. Peak has been reached and is declining.
- March 14, 2020 – President Trump brings the American medical task force back home. They are to be quarantined for 2 weeks in designated housing until they can be determined coronavirus-free
- March 15, 2020 – The 2020 NCAA March Madness Tournament kicks off. Xavier University is looking like a strong contender. Proceeds from the tournament are being donated to help with the recovery from coronavirus.
- April 4, 2020 – President Trump holds a ceremony at the White House to honor the American task force sent to China, four of which passed away after contracting the virus while providing services in China. Trump declares these Americans true heroes that gave their lives up so many more could be saved. The families of these fallen victims receive tokens of appreciation for their loved ones’ bravery and nobility. The efforts of Dr. Li Wenliang and the outstanding members of the task force are officially recognized as international heroes. President Trump acknowledges China as an ally and friend to the U.S. and thanks them for their immediate and effective actions to the outbreak.