New evidence shows that the new coronavirus was in the US two weeks before China even stated that doctors were treating a patient for a then-unknown disease.
American scientists looking at blood samples found two positive cases of Covid-19 in mid-December.
The revelation is the latest in a string of evidence showing that the killer bug crossed China’s borders long before the world became aware of the disease.
Taken together, these studies provide a timeline of the spread of the coronavirus around the world, contradicting scientists’ understanding that it spread earlier this year.
It suggests that Covid-19 may have jumped from animal to human much earlier than originally thought, circulating among human populations around the world before the end of 2019.
September 3, 2019 : Antibodies were found by scientists in Veneto, Italy in 111 people out of 959 blood samples taken before March 2020. The earliest was on Sept. 3, according to findings published by the National Cancer Institute of Milan.
17 November 2019:Coronavirus cases were recorded in Wuhan, China on Nov. 17, according to leaked government documents seen by the South China Morning Post.
27 November 2019: Human sewage samples from the southern Brazilian region of Santa Catalina traces of Covid-19 revealed. All samples tested from Nov. 27 contain parts of the disease.
December 17, 2019: A Research on Center for Disease Control published this week found Covid-19 antibodies in people from California, Oregon and Washington in mid-December. In the following weeks, blood would be drawn from people in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin who also showed signs of the virus. The US announced its first official case on January 21.
27 December 2019: An airport worker in Paris, France, was seriously ill in intensive care for the days following Christmas. Months later, his blood would be tested for Covid-19 in a retrospective study and found positive. France announced its first official case on January 24.
28 December 2019:Peter Attwood, an 84-year-old Briton, fell ill on December 28 and died in hospital on January 30 – one day before the first British case was officially reported. A post-mortem later found traces of the coronavirus in his lungs.
December 31, 2019: Chinese officials are reporting the first cases of a then unknown pneumonia World Health Organization (WHO).
January 13, 2020: Officials confirm what was at the time thought to be the first case of the coronavirus outside of China, in Thailand.
January 15, 2020: A sewer sample taken two weeks before Covid-19 was officially discovered in Barcelona, Spain, showed the presence of the virus.
January 30, 2020: WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has declared the 2019-nCoV outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.
The chronology that this timeline shows is very different from the one that was accepted in early 2020.
It could also explain that the many Britons who came forward in the spring of this year claimed to have had Covid-19 symptoms long before the disease reached our shores.
The first time officials were notified of what the novel coronavirus would turn out to be was on December 31, 2019.
Chinese doctors reported 27 cases of an unknown type of pneumonia to the WHO.
The first officially announced victim of Covid-19 was announced on January 11 in Wuhan.
Twenty days later, the WHO declared a global health emergency.
In the months since China has been accused of downplaying the severity of the disease in a way that has stunted global responses to it.
A total of 5,918 newly discovered cases were registered in Hubei on Feb. 10, according to a report entitled “Internal Document, Please Keep Confidential”.
That’s more than double the official figure released by Chinese officials at the time.
“It was clear that they were making mistakes – and not just mistakes that occur when dealing with a new virus – but also bureaucratic and politically motivated mistakes in the way they handled it,” Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, told CNN.
“These had worldwide consequences. You can never guarantee 100% transparency.”