The NIH – National Institute of Health – said Tuesday morning that testing samples from a study show a number of cases can be traced back to as early as Jan 7th, 2020.
INFECTED IN 2019:
As experts search for the origins of the Coronavirus. The NIH believes there is more evidence that the Coronavirus was already in the U.S. by the end of December.
Researchers have tested 24,079 blood samples gathered in all 50 states before the pandemic shut down, and social distancing was advised. The info suggests that SARS-CoV-2 antibodies were found in nine samples. The shocking part is that the infected persons did not live in hotspots like New York, California, or Seattle but instead came from Mississippi, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
CDC STUDY OF SARS-CoV2 INFECTION IN 2019:
The Co-Author of the study – That is still ongoing – Sheri Scully said in a statement: “We haven’t followed up with these participants to know if they had traveled outside the U.S., or had contact with folks who traveled outside the U.S. But, it is important, for future pandemic planning, to know what is happening during periods of low prevalence in epidemics, such as this,”
She also stated that the study did not test samples dated before Jan 2nd, 2020, but this report does add further data to a study by the CDC indicating some Americans got infected in December 2019.
🌍 Worldwide Coronavirus Statistics
Confirmed Cases: 177,214,802 (+187,530)
Deaths: 3,832,806 (+3,993)
— Coronavirus Statistics (@CoronaStats101) June 15, 2021