Not for the first time it started in China. A place called Wohun. They called it Covid 19. It would also become known as the Coronavirus.
The first the western world learnt of it was in eary 2020 but China had been dealing with it since late 2019. They thought they had it under control, that the virus was contained. It wasn’t. Worse than that it was deadly and there was no known cure.
To begin with countries reacted slowly as they failed to comprehend the situation and the speed with which the virus could spread. It soon became a pandemic and as realisation kicked in so did the safety measures. To start with populations were requested to self isolate, to keep a mimimum of two metres apart, and the vulnerable were advised to stay at home and go nowhere for twelve weeks. But as the number of confirmed cases escalated into the millions and the death toll increased daily by the thousands such requests soon became orders and in next to no time countries were in lockdown. Nobody was allowed to go anywhere while governments worked out how to contain and control the outbreak.
Self isolation became the norm and daily TV bulletins provided statistical updates and medical progress. People remained surprisingly calm and hopeful but after three months things began to change. With no medical breakthroughs and food distrubtion in decline questions and conspiracy theories began to circulate.
China pointed the finger at the Wohun animal wet market as the cause of the virus outbreak. Bat disease crossing over into the human food chain. But Wohun was also home to the Institute of Virology and suspicions grew that China had after conducting biological weapon tests deliberately let the virus lose on the world. With a weakened world China would be free to take military advantage.
Alternative theories suggested environmentalists were behind the outbreak and significant improvements in air polution were sighted along with other examples as supporting evidence. Others bought into the idea that it was a global governmental experiment to see how best to deal with an ever increasing world population. Decline in travel and the ability to work from home were viewed by many as examples which justified the theory.
Growing unrest was not lost on governments. Martial law was enforced. The aim was to calm the public, to reassure them that all was well but it provoked the opposite effect. It confirmed to a great many people that something of gigantic proportions was going on and there was a need to know just what that was. While most people remained hostage to the situation others were determined to escape their confinement in search of the truth.
The authorities had other ideas and adopted a policy of continued confinment by whatever means necessary. Breaking out from lockdown was a life and death situation but for some it was the only way.
It was time to seek the truth.