One year ago today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission of COVID-19.
Since the organization sent that infamous tweet Jan. 14, 2020, millions across the world have died of the virus, including nearly 400,000 Americans. “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus,” the organization said. (RELATED: Why Aren’t We Talking More About China’s ‘Gain Of Function’ Coronavirus Research?)
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China????????. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020
A little more than a week later, the WHO sent out another tweet, this time saying that there was evidence of human to human transmission. (RELATED: FLASHBACK Jan. 14: WHO Tells Everyone Don’t Worry Because China Says Coronavirus Isn’t Contagious)
There is evidence of person-to-person transmission among close contacts such as in families or in health care settings. This is not unexpected with a respiratory disease. We have not seen any evidence of onward transmission such as 3rd, 4th generation transmission – @mvankerkhove
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 22, 2020
It has since been revealed that the Chinese Communist Party has been waging an information war against truthful reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic. The CCP has imprisoned journalists, covered up relevant evidence and waited over a year from the initial outbreak of the virus to allow international inspectors into the region where it began.
Meanwhile, the WHO has come under fire for being excessively friendly with Chinese authorities. The organization recently said it would not seek to assign blame to anyone when it conducted its investigation into the origins of the virus. (RELATED: Senior WHO Official Cuts Off Interview When Reporter Implies Taiwan Isn’t Part Of China)
Critics have said the WHO cannot be relied on for guidance on how to handle the coronavirus. Their public advice has frequently shifted and contradicted itself, like in the case of whether or not human-to-human transmission of the virus exists.