The Associated Press is reporting that the doctor in Wuhan, China who first discovered the spread of Coronavirus in December and tried to warn his colleagues in the medical field has now died from the disease itself.
Dr. Wi Wenliang reportedly contracted the disease as he was desperately trying to treat those already affected.
Ironically, when Dr. Wenliang discovered the disease and began warning other medical professionals about it, he was arrested by police in Wuhan along with seven other doctors who initially shared the information, and he was forced to sign a letter confessing to "making false comments".
Now, the disease is running rampant across China, and although the Chinese government admits to some 20,000 cases of the virus and more than 500 deaths, the World Health Organization believes the true numbers are being suppressed and are, in fact, much larger.
Meanwhile, more than 200 confirmed cases of Coronavirus are being reported in more than two dozen countries. Here in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says that there are 11 confirmed cases in 5 states, and 76 possible cases in 36 states.
Thankfully, there have been no deaths attributed to the disease here in the U.S.