A Chinese doctor specializing in immunology and virology fled Hong Kong and told the world that China has tried to cover up the reality of COVID-19.
Dr. Li-Meng Yan told Fox News in an interview published Thursday that he was one of the first doctors to start studying the new coronavirus. She said she started studying the disease in late December while working for the Hong Kong School of Public Health.
According to Yan, the Chinese government would not allow outside experts, including those from Hong Kong, to study the virus in person, so she started contacting her professional contacts in mainland China for more information on this. On December 31, Yan said that a friend had told him that the researchers noticed human-to-human transmission. When she reported the findings to her boss, “he just nodded.”
Soon, his colleagues were less able to respond to his requests. Doctors and researchers who previously discussed the virus are openly silent, as are those in Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated. Meanwhile, others have been warned not to ask them for details.
Yan said the doctors told him, “We can’t talk about it, but we have to wear masks. “
When she reported new findings to her boss, Yan said he had responded with a warning.
“Don’t touch the red line,” he said in reference to the Chinese government. “We will be in trouble and we will disappear. “
When Yan realized that her life was in danger to express herself, she decided to leave the country and flee to the United States. According to Fox News, she “plotted her escape, wrapping her bag and sneaking past the campus censors and video cameras.”
Yan had to leave her friends and family behind. When her husband learned of his plans, she begged him to accompany him. However, he got worse and refused, saying, “They will kill us all. “
Yan said the government had searched her apartment and interrogated her parents, who had begged her to go home. She doesn’t think it’s safe for her.
“I know how they treat whistleblowers,” she said.