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Chronology of Findings

Because of the volume of publications now coming out on COVID-19 - this list makes no attempt to be exhaustive. More articles can be found by checking out some of the links on our External Resources page. If you notice something missing, click the contribute button at the bottom of this page and let us know.

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April 29, 2020

First Treatment Discovered

A Remdesivir trial showed 31% time to faster recovery when using the drug

March 31, 2020

Tasmania encourages parents to keep children from schools.

WA imposes internal travel restrictions.

March 30, 2020

Estimating COVID-19 severity from 37 countries

Average time till death after showing symptoms was 17.8 days and till hospital discharge 24.7 days. Crude fatality rate for China is estimated at 3.67% however after further adjustments and analysis the best estimate is 1.38%. Older age groups showed much higher fatality rates. Infection fatality ratio was estimated at 0.66%. Estimates of infected individuals likely to be hospitalised increased with age up 18.4%.

WA encourages parents to keep children from schools

March 29, 2020

Australia limits all public gatherings to 2 people

March 27, 2020

Australia makes quarantine mandatory for all new arrivals

Australia asks only children of workers with no home care to attend school

March 24, 2020

Japan postpones the Olympic Games.

Australia asks all citizens to stay at home unless for essential activities.

Victoria brings school holidays forward.

ACT and NSW encourage parents to keep children from school.

March 22, 2020

Australia closes pubs, cafes, gyms etc.

March 20, 2020

Australia implements 4m2 rule for indoor and outdoor gatherings.

March 19, 2020

Australia closes borders to all non-citizens and non-residents.

March 18, 2020

Australia limits public gatherings to 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.

March 15, 2020

Australia extends self-quarantine advice to all arrivals

March 13, 2020

The Melbourne Grand Prix is cancelled.

March 11, 2020

Australia implements travel restrictions on arrivals from Italy

March 5, 2020

Australia implements travel restrictions on arrivals from South Korea

March 1, 2020

Australia implements travel restrictions on arrivals from Iran

February 28, 2020

WHO Report from Feb 16-24 Mission

WHO Report comes out with their initial epidemiological findings. Median age 51 years. R0 estimated at 2-2.5. Only 2.4% of cases below 18 years of age. Symptoms are said to be Fever and  Cough 87.9% and 67.7% of cases. Cases becomes symptomatic 5-6 days from infection. Approximately 80% have a mild disease, 13.8% severe and 6.1% critical. Whilst asymptomatic cases were reported the majority then went on to develop disease. True asymptomatic cases appears rare. Those above 60 years old and with comorbidities at risk. Fatality rate was 3.8% but varies by location. 5.8% in Wuhan and 0.7% in other parts of China. Mortality varied with age. 80 years 21.9%. Median time nationally from symptom onset to case confirmation came down from 12 days to 3 days by early Feb.  

Feb 17, 2020

China begins gradual return to work program

February 12-14, 2020

Wartime measures implemented in three cities in Hubei

Feb 1, 2020

Australia implements travel restrictions on arrivals from mainland China

January 25, 2020

First confirmed case in Australia

January 24-25, 2020

Lockdown of 16 cities in Hubei

January 23, 2020

Lockdown of Wuhan commences

January 22-23, 2020

First WHO Emergency Committee meeting

January 21, 2020

WHO Situation Report #1

First situation report published by WHO. 278 cases and 6 deaths

January 20, 2020

First case reported in the Republic of Korea and USA

China confirms human-to-human transmission

January 15, 2020

First case reported in Japan

January 13, 2020

First case reported in Thailand

January 13, 2020

First confirmed case in Nepal

January 12, 2020

COVID-19 Wuhan complete genome

China shares genetic sequence with the world temporarily named as '2019-nCov'

January 11-12, 2020

National Health Commission China conveys additional detailed information to WHO about an outbreak in Wuhan

January 11, 2020

First fatality in China

January 7, 2020

A new (Novel) Coronavirus is isolated and identified

January 1, 2020

Huanan Seafood Wholesale market closed

December 31, 2019

WHO China Country Office informed of cases of pneumonia from an unknown cause occurring in Wuhan City. 44 cases are reported to WHO over the next four days

December 31, 2019

WHO China Country Office informed of cases of pneumonia from an unknown cause occurring in Wuhan City. 44 cases are reported to WHO over the next four days

December 30, 2019

Chinese officials begin searching for more cases

December 28-29, 2019

3 more cases of pneumonia from unknown origin are found in HICWM Hospital

December 27, 2019

Dr. Zhang reports unusual Pneumonia cases to the local CDC

December 26, 2019

4 unusual cases of Pneumonia noticed by Dr. Jixian Zhang in HICWM Hospital

December 8, 2019

1st known case of Pneumonia with unknown origin in Wuhan (identified retrospectively)

Source: JAMA timeline of initial events