The Point: Exclusive: The first to sound the COVID-19 alarm

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  • While the late doctor Li Wenliang is widely perceived as the first to alert the public of COVID-19 outbreak, another name who reported the cases days earlier is less well known. Doctor Zhang Jixian, head of the respiratory department of Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, first reported cases of unknown pneumonia on December 27 to medical authorities. How did doctor Zhang make the discovery? What made her so determined to report her findings?

    Guest: Dr. Zhang Jixian, head of the Respiratory Department, Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine

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