It has been one year since the first recorded case of the “China Virus” was discovered in Wuhan, China. I call it the China Virus…because it originated in China. In just a matter of months, the contagious disease spread to the farthest reaches of the globe and our lives haven’t been the same since.

Lockdowns, mask-wearing, social distancing, and job losses have all become a part of our lives…all thanks to the Chinese government.

The virus originated from Wuhan, China, and the Chinese government failed to take the necessary procedures to prevent its spread. Instead, they resorted to covering up the outbreak and silencing whistleblowers who tried to sound the alarm.

Newsweek reported, “One year ago, a mysterious illness emerged in Wuhan, China, marking the start of the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 1.25 million people around the world and infected tens of millions more.

In March, the South China Morning Post published an article based on Chinese government data that showed the first known case of COVID-19 can be traced back to November 17, 2019—possibly a 55-year-old individual from Hubei province, although “patient zero” has yet to be confirmed.

Chinese authorities did not officially identify the first case of the new disease until December 8, 2019.

Axios reported, “A study published in March indicated that if Chinese authorities had acted three weeks earlier than they did, the number of coronavirus cases could have been reduced by 95% and its geographic spread limited” and that information points to a Chinese “cover-up and the delay in serious measures to contain the virus lasted about three weeks.”

The following timeline contains the main events of the Chinese cover-up:

“Nov. 17:  One of the earliest known coronavirus patients, starts feeling ill.

Dec. 16: Patient admitted to Wuhan Central Hospital with infection in both lungs but resistant to anti-flu drugs. Staff later learned he worked at a wildlife market connected to the outbreak.

Dec. 27: Wuhan health officials are told that a new coronavirus is causing the illness.

Dec. 30: Ai Fen, a top director at Wuhan Central Hospital, posts information on WeChat about the new virus. She was reprimanded for doing so and told not to spread information about it.

Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang also shares information on WeChat about the new SARS-like virus. He is called in for questioning shortly afterward.

Wuhan health commission notifies hospitals of a ‘pneumonia of unclear cause’ and orders them to report any related information.

Dec. 31: Wuhan health officials confirm 27 cases of illness and close a market they think is related to the virus’ spread.

China tells the World Health Organization’s China office about the cases of an unknown illness.

Jan. 1: Wuhan Public Security Bureau brings in for questioning eight doctors who had posted information about the illness on WeChat.

An official at the Hubei Provincial Health Commission order labs, which had already determined that the novel virus was similar to SARS, to stop testing samples and to destroy existing samples.

Jan. 2: Chinese researchers map the new coronavirus’ complete genetic information. This information is not made public until Jan. 9.

Jan. 7: Xi Jinping becomes involved in the response.

Jan. 9: China announces it has mapped the coronavirus genome.

Jan. 14: WHO announces Chinese authorities have seen “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus.”

Annual Wuhan Lunar New Year banquet. Tens of thousands of people gathered for a potluck.

Jan. 23: Wuhan and three other cities are put on lockdown. Right around this time, approximately 5 million people leave the city without being screened for the illness.

Jan. 24–30: China celebrates the Lunar New Year holiday. Hundreds of millions of people are in transit around the country as they visit relatives.

The bottom line: China is now trying to create a narrative that it’s an example of how to handle this crisis when in fact its early actions led to the virus spreading around the globe.”

This is, without a doubt, a Chinese Virus. China is solely to blame for the spread of the coronavirus. They must be held to account for their actions.

Once the virus is contained, the world community should make them pay for their crime against humanity.