Doctor who tried to warn people about coronavirus has died.
The Chinese doctor who was one of the original whistleblowers on coronavirus has died, according to the New York Times, the Washington Post and ABC News. Earlier in the day, Wuhan City Central Hospital, where Li Wenliang was being treated, said on the Chinese social media site Weibo that doctors there were trying to save him.
The 34-year-old initially made news after he was punished by Wuhan police for alerting people about coronavirus in its early stages. Michael Ryan, PhD, the executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, shared his condolences on Twitter. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Li Wenliang. We all need to celebrate work that he did on #2019nCoV,” he wrote.
Li spoke out earlier this week about his treatment by the Chinese government in the aftermath of warning colleagues on WeChat (a Chinese messaging app) about coronavirus before the Chinese government announced the outbreak was happening. Li was reportedly accused by Wuhan police of spreading rumors and rebuked for "spreading rumors online" and "severely disrupting social order.”
Li said in an interview with CNN that he was scared he was going to be arrested. "My family would worry sick about me, if I lose my freedom for a few days," he said. He reportedly had to sign a statement that acknowledged he committed a misdemeanor and promised not to commit further "unlawful acts." He tested positive for the coronavirus on Feb. 1 after unknowingly treating a patient who had it.
Coronavirus has now infected 28,353 people worldwide and caused 565 deaths, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins University.
The news of Li’s severe illness raises a lot of new questions about coronavirus.
Yahoo Lifestyle Korin Miller February 6, 2020