March 30, 2020
A 57-year-old female shrimp seller in China’s Wuhan city, the originating point of the coronavirus pandemic, has been identified as one of the first victims of coronavirus
The coronavirus ‘patient zero’, who made a full recovery in January after month-long treatment, believes the Chinese government could have checked the spread of the disease had it acted sooner.
Wei Guixian, as identified by The Wall Street Journal, was selling shrimps at the Huanan Seafood Market on December 10 when she developed a cold. Believing she had the common flu, Wei went to a local clinic for treatment where she was given an injection, the Mirror UK reported. However, Wei continued to feel weak and visited Eleventh Hospital in Wuhan a day later.
The feeling of lethargy persisted and Wei visited one of the biggest medical facilities in the region — Wuhan Union Hospital — on December 16. At the Union Hospital, Wei was told her sickness was “ruthless” and that many from Huanan Market had visited the hospital with matching symptoms.
Wei regained her health in January. The COVID-19 ‘patient zero’ believes she got the disease from a toilet she shared with meat sellers in the market. She said several vendors trading close to her also contracted the killer disease.
In a release, Wuhan Municipal Health Commission confirmed Wei was among the first 27 patients to test positive for COVID-19 and one of 24 cases directly related to the market.