New evidence reveals early cases of Covid-19 in Europe, US
Through the months, many have spread the theory that the Covid-19 virus had originated in a bat market in Wuhan, China, despite the first detected case having no connection to the market.
Now, more evidence have emerged that show that the virus has been in countries other than China far earlier than previously known. This means that China may have simply been the first country to detect the virus.
On May 4 2020, it was revealed that France’s first known case of Covid-19 was on 27 December, the same date that Chinese doctors detected a possible new virus. It was reported that the French patient “had not made any trips” and had not been to China.
According to Italian epidemiologist Adriano Decarli, Italy reported a “significant” increase in the number of people hospitalized for pneumonia and flu in the areas of Milan and Lodi between October and December last year. Another Italian expert had said that a “strange pneumonia” had been circulating in Lombary since November.
A man in Minnesota who tested positive for antibodies believes he may have had COVID-19 in December. This comes amid the emergence of countless Americans sharing their experiences of unconfirmed pneumonia from late 2019 to early 2020.
In just one county in the US, new postmortem tests had revealed that Covid-19 began spreading as early as January, mistaken for flu. The 3 newly discovered early patients had not travelled. Now, US officials plan to reexamine records in search of evidence that patients may have died of Covid-19 as early as November 2019.
These early cases show that Covid-19 had been spreading among countries outside of China months before they were officially detected, once again casting scrutiny on the theory that the virus had originated in a bat market in Wuhan. More conclusive new evidence of the origins of the virus may emerge as backtracking and antibody testing becomes more widespread around the world.