A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from March 19, 2020
“All countries got Coronavirus eventually, but China got it right off the bat”

The 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak began, according to one theory, from people in Wuhan, China, who ate bats. A joke was posted on Reddit—Oneliners on March 17, 2020:

“All countries got Coronavirus eventually, but China got it right off the bat.”

“Right off the bat” is an idiom that means “right from the start.”


Wikipedia: 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak
The 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak is an ongoing global outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China on 1 December 2019, spreading to every province-level administrative division of the country by 29 January 2020. On 30 January, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern following an increase in the number of cases outside China.

Wiktionary: off the bat
prepositional phrase
off the bat

1. (idiomatic) From the start; immediately; right away.
Right off the bat, I can see that you need to see a doctor.

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/kru5h March 17, 2020
All countries got Coronavirus eventually, but China got it right off the bat.

Twitter
Kids and life hacks
@guys_and
All countries got Coronavirus eventually, but China got it right off the bat.
3:06 AM · Mar 17, 2020·IFTTT

Facebook
Adam N. Signore
March 17, 2020 at 11:33 AM ·
Too soon? stolen from my friend Sean:
All countries got Coronavirus eventually, but China got it right off the bat.
But seriously, watch this video: ...

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Justin Maxwell‎ to Pun Hub
March 20, 2020
All countries got Coronavirus eventually, but China got it right off the bat.

Twitter
Lloyd Legalist
@LloydLegalist
All countries eventually got the Coronavirus but China got it right off the bat. #coronavirus
11:59 PM · Mar 22, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Posted by Barry Popik
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