TUNE Amongst The Pigeons - Can You Manage? Do You Understand?
On 30 December 2019 Dr Li Wenliang sent a message to his medical-school alumni group warning that seven patients had been quarantined at Wuhan Central Hospital after coming down with a respiratory illness that seemed like the SARS coronavirus.
Soon, screenshots of his message about the potential risks of the illness went viral. At this time Li was one of few to raise alarms about the virus before the Chinese government had officially announced the outbreak.
He was later reprimanded and silenced by the police in Wuhan, made to sign a letter for “disturbing public order.”
Li Wenliang, was an ophthalmologist at a hospital and became infected with COVID-19. Efforts to save him were ineffective. At 2:58 a.m. on 7 Feb 2020, Li died of the coronavirus at Wuhan Central Hospital, where he had been in intensive care for three weeks.
Lil is now hailed as a hero in China for raising the alarm about the coronavirus and continuing to share information about the virus while he worked to treat patients at Wuhan Central Hospital.
Following his death the hashtag “Can You Manage, Do You Understand?” referencing the letter Li was forced to sign by Chinese authorities for “making false statements” also began to surface .
The phrase become a rallying cry for those wanting more free speech.