In the early days of January 2020, when many were aglow with the fresh potential of a new year, medical information networks around the world were lighting up. Chinese authorities were reporting dozens of cases of a mysterious pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, a sprawling city of 11 million.
By the end of February, UW Medicine experts would find themselves at the epicenter of what would become known as the COVID-19 pandemic. They and countless others banded together to slow the spread of the virus and save lives. Here is a window into how UW Medicine affected the pandemic over the first three months — beginning with the first detected case of community spread.