One Year Later: I began my COVID journal on March 24th. The intent was to write down things that were catching my attention due to the pandemic. For my entries prior to March 24th, I wrote about what I recalled from the news.
“Li Wenliang had been warning people but January 3, 2020 he was threatened into silence by the local Wuhan authorities. He caught the virus from a patient and died February 7 at age 33. His age surprises me because the virus is widely believed to be something that kills the elderly, yet no one seems to have focused on the fact that the most famous death from the virus was a healthy man who was 33 years old. By the time of his death, Chinese authorities were well aware that they had a massive outbreak on their hands. By the end of January, China had built a hospital in ten days, extended the holiday to try and keep people at home and allow businesses to stay closed. Schools were closed.”
“February 11, we heard that instead of coronavirus, we were supposed to call it COVID-19. The damage had already been done to Corona beer, as hordes of people freaked out and stopped drinking it. The same idiots decided all East Asians were a risk factor, and stopped picking them up for Uber rides, and stopped going to the Asian markets. Trump said warm weather would eliminate the virus, and televangelist Jim Bakker was selling Silver Solution ointment to kill the virus in 12 hours. Sadly, he is not the only snake oil salesman out there.”