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April 2012

  • Six miners in Yunnan were hospitalised with symptoms very similar to a SARS-CoV-2 infection after catching coronavirus strain RaTG13/CoV4991. Three miners died. Wuhan Institute of Virology researchers collected tissue samples, and later visited the caves to acquire more material.

October 2014

  • US government ceases funding of gain-of-function research that makes viruses more dangerous, pending further risk assessment.

November 2015

  • Research into a lab-made coronavirus related to SARS-CoV stirred debate over whether the pandemic potential was worth the risk.

December 2017

March 2018

  • EcoHealth Alliance submits grant proposal to DARPA to insert furin cleavage sites into SARS-CoV viruses to more efficiently bind to human cells

January 2019

March 2019

May 2019

June 2019

July 2019

  • EVALI 'outbreak' in Wisconsin with symptoms very similar to those of SARS-CoV-2 infections
  • Unknown respiratory illness outbreak in Virginia nursing home sickens dozens of elderly residents with fever and pneumonia

August 2019

September 2019

October 2019

  • 2019 Military World Games held in Wuhan, with 9,308 athletes from 109 countries competing in 329 events over the span of 9 days. Athletes present describe getting sick, and Wuhan being a "ghost town".
  • US Consulate General in Wuhan aware of a severe respiratory illness circulating
  • Maryland hospitals receive an influx of patients suffering from respiratory illnesses. The majority tested negative for influenza.
  • John Hopkins, WEF and the Gates Foundation host a simulation of a novel zoonotic coronavirus pandemic ("Event 201")
  • SARS-CoV-2 antigens present in plasma samples in Boston, MA

November 2019

  • SARS-CoV-2 RNA present in human wastewater in Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • SARS-CoV-2 antibodies present in French blood samples
  • Unofficial Chinese "patient zero" traced back to November 17
  • French thoracic scans show lung damage indicative of COVID infection
  • US intelligence agencies allegedly alert NATO and Israel to an emerging disease in Wuhan
  • US intelligence report claims three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalised

December 2019

January 2020

February 2020

  • First official Italian case
  • First official Spanish case
  • Tencent News accidentally publishes COVID case figures much higher than the official Chinese numbers

May 2020