The ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, one of the eight who mentioned the coronavirus in Wuhan has died from it sometime today February 7 or 6 – it seems if you’re important enough, you can’t even choose when to die, naturally. The uncertainty of the time of his death was due to the prolonged resuscitation: some claimed that his colleagues didn’t want to let him go, and others said it’s from the higher up order to keep him alive, longer. In any case, one of the unintended consequences is (or it was the intention?), someone can righteously accuse BBC (Thur 22:51 – this was posted by a friend who lives in UK), CNN (Thur 10:54am) etc. of spreading rumors because they have reported Li’s death, while China News Weekly 中国新闻周刊 (Fri, 00:09 presume it was Beijing time) reports Li was still being treated in ICU. In any case, all three screenshots were posted on Thursday before noon EST, which was Thursday 4:39 pm in UK and Friday 00:39 in Beijing.
What is happening after his death is equally worth of noticing. People began to post Do you hear the people sing from the musical Les Misérables, based on the 1862 historical novel by Victor Marie Hugo:
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the songs of angry men? …
As usual, every side wants to get their voice heard and many posts were deleted within hours.
I very much empathy with Dr. Li and pray for his unborn child and the five years old son, and his wife and his parents. But please don’t forget, Li only posted his comment in his friend group and warned them not to repeat. Was this a heroic act?
The outpouring by the people toward him, is it their anger for the inaction by the government?
(As more info come to light … was it inaction by the government or the scientists, who after all, published Early Transmission Dynamics in Wuhan, China on Jan 29, 2020.)