COVID-19 First Outbreak May Have Happened in Italy In November 2019, Study Shows

Published January 14th, 2021 - 07:11 GMT
COVID-19 First Outbreak May Have Happened in Italy In November 2019, Study Shows
China has been facing accusations of "hiding" the truth of how severe COVID19 was before the World Health Organization announced it as a global pandemic in March 2020. (Shutterstock: Viacheslav Lopatin)

Over a year ago, the world was struck by a series of warnings of a new mysterious virus originating from a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, travel to and from China was shut in many countries around the world in an attempt to curb the spread of the new disease. However, a new study by the University of Milan suggests that skin samples from a 25-year-old woman, who had been suffering from unusual symptoms, has found that she had COVID19 as early as November 2019.

Doctors from the university say that a woman believed now to be Italy's patient zero was suffering from a sore throat and a skin rash. A misdiagnosis then suggested that she had Lupus erythematosus tumidus LET.

Yet, it was not until July 2020 that researches dealing with COVID19 cases realized that the skin irregularity the young woman had suffered from is similar to that showing on a number of confirmed coronavirus cases, which urged them to reexamine her testing samples, where they found out she had been infected with COVID19.

Following up with her case, doctors found out that her rash had disappeared by April 2020, even though recovery from LET would have required between 2-3 years, which supports their assumption that her symptoms were merely connected to COVID19.

This news comes as a surprise after almost a year, during which the world had believed that the virus had originated in China only in December 2019.

Since early 2020, China has been facing accusations of "hiding" the truth of how severe COVID19 was before the World Health Organization announced it as a global pandemic on the 11th of March 2020.

 


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