The World Health Organization (WHO) tried to cam fears of a pandemic on Jan. 14 by repeating China’s claim that coronavirus was not contagious among humans.
“Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China,” the WHO tweeted.
Just 60 days later, the global death toll from coronavirus had topped 8000 and continued to climb. Over 200,000 cases had been documented in 145 countries.
But the virus’ means of transmission was far from the only misinformation coming from Chinese officials.
Beijing reported that the first known cases of the novel coronavirus were recorded in mid-December — but later reporting from outside sources suggested that the earliest cases were tracked in November and kept under wraps.
China’s first confirmed Coronavirus case was on November 17, 2019.
China knew about the virus and the rest of the World didn’t find out about the virus until months later.#ChinaLiedPeopleDied
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) March 18, 2020
In addition, Caixin Global reported that Chinese officials had identified the virus as early as mid-December — but were instructed to destroy both their test results and their samples.
The UK Times reported:
@Greg: I believe he TOLD people the truth; there was a virus spreading in China for which there was no treatment or vaccine and little was know about its effects, so travel from China was cut off. You Democrats called it “racist”. Perhaps if you got information from somewhere besides CNN or MSNBC you would not be missing so many details.
Panic was caused by the left by them declaring, no matter what Trump did or said, that he was incompetent, that he had no experts, that he would not listen to his experts (that he didn’t have), that he was lying and many, many, many things he never even said. This leaves the impression that the virus is going to spread out of control with no abatement, which is ABSOLUTELY not the case. Yes, indeed, the left drove the fear and panic. Maybe they were too stupid to understand the consequences, but I happen to believe they had a definite intention of creating fear and panic and blame Trump for the consequences.
@Deplorable Me, #51:
Perhaps some democrats did, though I don’t recall hearing that anywhere myself. If some did, that doesn’t make it the official Democratic position. Neither does your claim that it is.
Straight pandemic information with no political spin:
EarthSky’s essential coronavirus links for March 15-19
@Greg:Well, it WAS (is) the official Democrat position. Leadership and all your Democrat media sang the same tune. Here’s you Democrats doing more of what you do best… be miserable, disgusting worms.
The Federalist Papers article is “literally” full of it. Rick Wilson is a former republican political strategist. That hardly makes him a spokesman for the Democratic Party. Nor do I see where this former republican actually said what they’re claiming he “literally” said. They should buy themselves a dictionary and look up the word.
@Greg: Fess up greggie! Your resisters stepped on it! Have some honor! Admit the truth for just once!
@Greg: Actually, it does. Democrats and Never Trumpers are in the same herd. It is an anti-Trump mentality that breeds this filth. Again, notice the absence of this from the right during Obama’s epidemics.
On January 31, 2020 Joe Biden accused President Trump of “hysterical xenophobia.”
And Susan Rice (yeah, THAT Susan Rice) accused Trump of “racist” accusations.
I call b/s on your claim you did not hear that.
As a propagandist, you’re overpaid, no matter how much you are getting.
Comrade Greggie, you’re an idiot.
Biden, on coronavirus.
Your link doesn’t work, genius. Don’t blame democrats for the behavior of a republican apostate. The fact that Rick Wilson hates Donald Trump doesn’t make him a spokesman for the Democratic Party. A lot of republicans hate Donald Trump.
@Greg: Biden called Trump a xenophobe and accused him of fear mongering for the travel ban to and from China.
Yet you say he downplayed the whole thing, which is it?
Countries with stronger border control
USA 14,265 How many more if we had not had the travel ban?
Many of these countries not Russia are only the size of one of our States.
March 19, 2020 – GOP senators sold off their stocks ahead of coronavirus economic crash, reports say
March 20, 2020 – Sen. Kelly Loeffler Dumped Millions in Stock After Coronavirus Briefing
At least a million dollars worth of stocks were sold over a couple of weeks by their financial advisors without first consulting their clients? Sounds odd, but maybe that’s entirely normal. I wouldn’t know.
@Greg: Insider trading is common with the congress and they themselves are exempt from these laws, they also seem to have family get government contracts Liz Warren and Pelosi are two of the worst offenders.
Futures are mixed for tomorrow so its a we will see. The amount of money these insiders traded had little effect on the market. I read the article in my preferred propaganda too. Blind trusts, my aunt Fannys broom.
Why do you think the all become millionaires?
@Greg: Except anytime one of these Never Trumpers speak out against something Trump does, all you Democrats point to their statements as Republicans that and the voice of common sense and rationality. You ACCEPT these people as YOUR voice. They are all YOUR herd.
Um… you forgot to assail Diane Feinstein; SHE dumped stocks, too. But, no one is surprised by her actions.