Indications SARS-CoV-2 was present earlier than thought.

I am sure most have seen the reports from the Military Games event in Wuhan back in September 2019 when many fell mysteriously ill. I am guessing the data from that incident has not be verified without samples and does seem very tied up in political arguments.

However, what I am interested in is this very recent paper from a team in Barcelona. They appear to have found the virus in sewage samples in the City from March 2019.

Given many other anecdotal reports, I am wondering if the virus hasn't been doing the rounds for over a year. If so, the lockdowns may be pointless


Jul 2, 2020
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If the virus had been around for any extended time there should have been an uptick in hospital admissions and deaths. This was not the case.

As the virus is very contagious it is unlikely that it could be present without the infection spreading rapidly.

The earliest the virus was around was probably October or November in China

In France the earlist case has now been identified as late December.

Of 24 patient samples that had previously tested negatively for flu (and before covid-19 had been identified) 1 patient is now shown to have had covid-19