The Doctor Who Warned of Coronavirus Outbreak Died
Li Wenliang was arrested and accused of spreading rumors in early January for participating in an online medical school chat room discussion, warning that the coronavirus is similar to severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. Dr. Wenliang had warned that the virus could spread fast like SARS and that it had similar characteristics. Chinese censorship was then stepped up after the coronavirus started to spread and there was a rush of online critics exposing how the Chinese government was mishandling the epidemic in Wuhan.
Dr. Wenliang caught the virus from a patient that he was treating for glaucoma. It's also important to note that he was unusually young to have been afflicted by the virus, as the median age is between 49 and 56.
After Dr. Wenliang's death there was an outpouring of grief and rage online, as Chinese citizens demaded transparency and to have a voice.
His death also brought attention to the fact that not only are patients infected with the coronavirus, but there are several staff memebers that are infected as well.
Li Wenliang died on February 7th 2020, after fighting for his life at the Wuhan Central City Hospital. He was 34 years of age.