UPDATE :  A Government-funded study released yesterday found at least a dozen different strains of coronavirus were spreading through the UK in March.

We had it much earlier!  Last year and January this year, so what aren’t they telling us?
Can you too add your name and story to The List?

The world was made aware on 31st December last year when China contacted WHO and informed them of “cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan”.  That was the first knowledge the world had of a coronavirus in China, or was it?

There have been reports of the case of a 55 year old man confirmed with coronavirus on 17th November, 2019; on 1st December another man was confirmed with the virus; again on 2 December a 51-year-old Dongguan doctor suddenly had a cough and fever and was hospitalised; the Wall Street Journal reported a 57-year-old seafood merchant working at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market was considered to be the first patient prior to the previous cases;  the previous cases were NOT within the seafood market whatsoever.  On 9th January, 2020, the Chinese State broadcasted that a “new viral outbreak was first detected in the city of Wuhan, China,” on 12 December, 2019.

You’ve heard of the whistleblower, Dr. Li Wenliang, who died of the virus? Well, Dr. Ai Fen, a doctor at the Wuhan Hospital gave him the whistle in early December!  But had it spread by then?

In late December, early January I felt awful.  I was extremely tired.  For about at least 3-5 days I could hardly move out of bed for the sheer tiredness and want of sleep.  I had difficulty breathing at times, but put this down to the fact that I have asthma. I had a high temperature and felt ‘flu-like’.  The most distinguishing feature was the cough; the cough that kept you up all night and continued on after the other symptoms eventually disappeared.  Due the cough, I went to the GP, who without even looking at me diagnosed annual flu.  This was no way like flu.  I’ve had flu before.  This was more like a shorter version of the symptoms of coronavirus now being reported.

Since mentioning this on social media, many people have come forward to say they too suffered the same ‘illness’.  So for curiosity sake, we are asking you, did you too suffer from this in late December, early January of this year?  Please let us know and roughly whereabouts in the world you are.  Thank you.


  1. My daughter is a nurse, she had a persistent cough and felt rough around christmas time, but she had a test -blood test in the last 2 weeks, and it came back that she hasn’t developed antibodies for covid, so she didn’t have covid

  2. Wakefield. West Yorkshire.
    Was drowning in Mucus @end of Nov beginning of December then had “Chest infection” temperatures shakes etc, 3 lots of antibiotics, no sleep new yr to End of Feb, garlic vit c& D started to turn the corner.

  3. My boyfriend had flu like symptoms back in December 2019 he had trouble coughing saying he felt like he was drowning in fluid, it just wouldn’t clear, he hardly slept. He’s fit & healthly normally, he was 51yr & from Barnsley South Yorkshire, but works in public transport so could of caught it in West Yorkshire.

  4. I also had “flu” at Christmas. But it wasn’t flu as I have had once before.
    I was tired, cough all the time but not a normal cough. Not even a chest infection cough but a violent dry cough.
    It took several weeks to feel “normal”
    Fast forward 6 months. I had some blood tests and those should an am normal liver reading. The same sort of reading that covid sufferers are experiencing.

  5. The World Heath Organization (WHO) says the new coronavirus appears to be passing between people in close contact.

    It is the biggest outbreak of Mers, which is similar to the Sars virus, outside the Middle East.

    What is this new virus and should we be concerned?

    What is this new virus?
    It is a type of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which includes the common cold and severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars).

    The first Mers fatality was recorded in June 2012 in Saudi Arabia. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 449 people have now died from the virus.

    Mers is a virus that is transmitted from animals to humans. The WHO says that camels are likely to be a source of Mers infection but the exact route of transmission is not yet known.

    There have been cases where the virus has spread between two people but close contact seems to be needed.

    Image copyrightREUTERS
    Image caption
    The disease appears to need close contact to spread between people
    Cases have been confirmed in 25 countries in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The majority of the cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia.

    In May 2015, two new countries joined the list: China and South Korea.

  6. just before xmas, I had sever flu like symptoms, cough, fever, tightness in the chest which left me breathless. My granddaughter normally a very fit and sporty nineteen year old had much worse symptons. A really bad cough so sever she sometimes vomited following a bad attack I took her to the doctors who diagnosed a sever lower chest infection and prescribed anti biotics, however the chest eased but after around six weeks the cough persisted so I made another app. at the doctors.Chest infection gone and We were told not to worry about the cough as lots of people had similar symptoms and the cough lasts for weeks.The dr. said she herself had the same and the cough is around for quite a few weeks. I myself had a flu jab under pressure from the dr in November, perhaps that accounted for my symptons nott bing as severe.who knows.

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