Adding further evidence to theories that China has preserved the coronavirus and the spreading epidemic of flu-like symptoms hidden from the world for months before revealing what is happening, a new study published in the Tumori Journal by Italy’s National Cancer Institute suggests that patients in Italy had COVID-19 antibodies as early as October last year.
According to Reuters, Italian researchers found that of the 959 healthy volunteers enrolled in a lung cancer screening study between September 2019 and March 2020, nearly 12% had antibodies to COVID-1
“This is the main finding: people without symptoms were not only positive after serological tests, but also had antibodies capable of killing the virus,” said Giovanni Apollone, co-author of the study, in an interview with Reuters.
The closure of the pandemic in northern Italy began only in early March and was not imposed throughout the country until March 8. But this latest study suggests that the virus has been circulating in the country for six months at the time, perhaps in a “less symptomatic form.” “
Although researchers also point to an unusual increase in severe cases of pneumonia and influenza in Lombardy in the last three months of 2019 – something that has been repeatedly mentioned in connection with California and other places in the United States. bronchitis in elderly patients, which they attribute to an aggressive new influenza virus, and not to any new virus, as there are no reports yet.
Other studies suggest that most of the early cases of COVID-19 in California can be traced back to China, while the early cases in New York are transmitted primarily by travelers from Europe.
Data collected for hospital patients in Los Angeles at the end of 2019, published in September 2020, suggest that there has been an unequivocal increase in respiratory disease in district hospitals, which began on December 22. And many theories have emerged about when and how the outbreak of viral outbreaks on the West Coast was possible last fall, with the cases first identified here as COVID-19 in late January.
A separate study by Harvard researchers found that satellite imagery of hospitals and search queries showed evidence of an outbreak of respiratory disease in Wuhan, China last fall – and long before China publicly acknowledged the identification of the new coronavirus last December.
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