“A lot of restaurants are feeling the pain of racism, where people are literally not patroning Chinese restaurants because of just straight up racism around the coronavirus.” – U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Twitter, March 11, 2020
“As the coronavirus has spread from China to other countries, anti-Asian discrimination has followed closely behind, manifesting in plummeting sales at Chinese restaurants, near-deserted Chinatown districts and racist bullying against people perceived to be Chinese.” – Natalie Escobar, NPR, March 4, 2020
Shrimp vendor at Wuhan market may be coronavirus ‘patient zero’
Headline Health has warned repeatedly about health concerns associated with Asian seafood
| Mar 27, 2020
| NY Post – A shrimp peddler at the Chinese market where the coronavirus pandemic likely began has been identified as one of the first victim’s of the disease — and possibly “patient zero.”
The 57-year-old woman, identified by The Wall Street Journal as Wei Guixian, was the first person from the now-notorious Huanan market in Wuhan to test positive for the deadly bug.
She was at work Dec. 10 when she developed what she thought were cold symptoms, Chinese outlet The Paper reported. So she walked to a small local clinic for treatment and then went back to work — likely spreading the contagion.
“I felt a bit tired, but not as tired as previous years,” she told The Paper, according to a translation by news.com.au. “Every winter, I always suffer from the flu. So I thought it was the flu.”
She visited a local clinic on Dec. 11 and received an injection, but didn’t feel any better, so she went to The Eleventh Hospital in Wuhan,
“The doctor at The Eleventh hospital could not figure out what was wrong with me and gave me pills,” Wei told the Chinese outlet — but those didn’t work either.
“By then I felt a lot worse and very uncomfortable,” Wei said. “I did not have the strength or energy.”
“A 2011 survey reported that food safety was the most concerned issue in Chinese people, surpassing public security, traffic safety, medical safety, etc.” – US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, 2014 Sep
On December 16, Wei went to Wuhan Union Hospital — one of the city’s biggest hospitals — to get checked out.
A doctor there described her illness as “ruthless” and told her several other people from the same market had already come in with similar symptoms.
By the end of the month, she was quarantined when doctors finally established the link between the emerging bug and the seafood market, the Chinese outlet reported.
A Dec. 31 statement from the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission revealed that Wei was among the first 27 patients to test positive for COVID-19, and one of 24 cases with direct links to the seafood market … Read more.
HEADLINE HEALTH HAS WARNED REPEATEDLY ABOUT HEALTH CONCERNS ASSOCIATED WITH ASIAN SEAFOOD:
Unlabeled Seafood? Throw It Back [11/21/2019]
Vietnam Keeps Shipping Unsafe Food To US [11/7/2019]
Never Buy Imported Seafood from This Country [10/17/2019]
Don’t Order The Chinese Surf-And-Turf [1/1/2019]
More Problems With Imported Fish [9/24/2018]
Imported Catfish? Throw It Back [9/19/2018]
Is Our Sushi Safe? Tuna Imports Locked Down [12/15/2017]