When Trump said 15 people were infected in the US, the real number was 50,000 and he knew it
VT: Here is what is now known:
- The virus was in both Europe and China as early as August 2019 with no patient zero and no animal origin
- Found in US in December 2019
- Increase in hospital traffic in Wuhan by August 2019 from cough or other COVID symptoms
- Italy patients well established by October 2019
- Wuhan market was certainly not the origin of the virus but the center of a superspreader probably tied to one infected individual
- Early Wuhan cases had NO contact with the market
- No Wuhan animal origin for COVID
- COVID found in France in December 2019 but there before that
- First US cases found on December 13, 2019
A study from did find more people were visiting Wuhan hospitals in the latter half of 2019. The study authors used satellite imagery of the city to measure traffic to six city hospitals. They saw an uptick starting in August 2019, which peaked six months later. This timeline coincided with an increase in online search traffic for terms like “diarrhea” and “cough.”
Business Insider: A growing body of evidence suggests the coronavirus was spreading globally months before the first cases in a Wuhan market captured global attention last December.
This finding lends credence to other research from China that shows people were getting sick in Wuhan in November and early December. One analysis, based on satellite images of Wuhan hospitals and online searches for COVID-19 symptoms in the area, suggested the virus may have started circulating there as early as late summer.
A study from Milan’s National Cancer Institute also found that four of Italy’s coronavirus cases dated back to October 2019. Another study suggests the virus reached the US’ West Coast in December 2019.
Although pinpointing the exact date of the virus’ first jump from animals to people is impossible without more data, these findings suggest the pandemic’s December anniversary is arbitrary.
Research suggests the virus was in Italy in the fall of 2019
Italy recorded its first official coronavirus case in Lombardy on February 21, 2020. Yet a recent study found coronavirus antibodies in blood samples collected from 23 Italians in September 2019 and 27 in October 2019.