The first confirmed case of COVID-19 came from an open food market in Wuhan, China during early December. However, reports from the US National Center for Medical Intelligence and the South China Morning post reveal that the Chinese Communist Party knew about a novel contagion as early as November. In January, the Chinese scientists identify the novel coronavirus behind the deaths, Wuhan enters lockdown, and on January 20th, the United States reports its first case of COVID-19 in the Pacific state of Washington. By the end of the month, the World Health Organization declares the coronavirus an “international public health concern.”
However, the devastation the COVID-19 would rain on the United States in the following months was not an unforeseen disaster, but a well forecasted storm.
The city of Wuhan, where it all started.