At a celebratory lunch last weekend Covid19 was discussed, this was not unusual as our restaurant was operating under pandemic social distancing rules. A friend remarked that they had been warned about Covid19 as a result of a meeting, connected with a sporting club we both belong to, by another acquaintance “between Christmas and New Year’s Eve ”.
I asked twice about the dates – they were adamant about them. It was before January. The content of the warning was also specific – “potential pandemic and you are not to book the cruise you are contemplating.”
I am familiar with conspiracy theory construction: dancing Israelis, cryptic warnings not to go to work on 9/11, etc. However I had a name and I have checked the profession of the alleged source of the warning – it’s a senior virologist, so that part is credible.
I have not checked the date of the meeting which I might be able to do. However if the dates stack up, there was international professional notice in virology circles of what has become Covid19 before China’s announcement on New Year’s eve.
I imagine that the intelligence community has a much better understanding of exactly what has happened than I do, but if substantiated, this tidbit is further evidence that China has a case to answer for not officially alerting the WHO sooner. The Australian economy is already experiencing the consequences of Chinese Government displeasure for our support for an international inquiry into this matter.
The lunch was excellent. I had two glasses of Torbreck Shiraz.