One doctor's plight in China is drawing much attention amid the coronavirus scare. The reason? Li Wenliang issued a warning about the outbreak in its early stages on social media, then got silenced by police. Now he's suffering from the illness himself. Coverage:
- The warning: Li is a 34-year ophthalmologist who works at a hospital in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. On Dec. 30, he sent a message on WeChat to fellow medical professionals warning them that patients with a SARS-like illness were quarantined in his facility's emergency department. Mindful of the deadly 2002-2003 SARS pandemic, he urged his colleagues to be aware and take precautions while treating their own patients, reports the BBC.
- The consequences: "I only wanted to remind my university classmates to be careful," he tells CNN. After screenshots of his warning went viral, however, Li was summoned for questioning by hospital officials and, days later, by the police, who accused him of "spreading rumors online."