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Researchers claim that COVID-19 may have been in the US as early as 2019

Researchers are saying that COVID-19 may have been in the U.S. as early as 2019. Prior to this discovery, it was believed that the first COVID case in the US occurred in January 2021.

A team at the National Institute of Health analyzed blood samples from 2020 and found that several of them contained COVID antibodies, suggesting that the virus was here before we knew it. However, COVID-19 antibodies are extremely similar to the antibodies that fight other coronaviruses, such as the common cold. Due to this, it is possible that the NIH’s hypothesis on the date of the first COVID infection is incorrect.

William Hanage, who is an expert on disease dynamics, says that the evidence found by the NIH is not strong enough to change the way we think about the incipience of coronavirus in the US. In total, two studies have been performed in an attempt to discover when COVID arrived in the US. Both the CDC and the NIH were on the case, using data from Red Cross blood donations and from a long term study known as “All of Us”. All of Us is described by the NIH as a research program whose goal is to track the health of “one million people across the U.S. to help build one of the most diverse health databases in history.”

Though the two studies used multiple types of tests in an attempt to stop false positives, it is possible that the seven people that were believed to have been infected with COVID-19 in 2019 were simply displaying antibodies caused by different types of coronaviruses. While this theory is not yet proven, it’s political consequences have the potential to prove that no policy could have prevented the arrival of COVID in America.

ARTICLE: JOSEPH YANTA
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: THE KANSAS CITY STAR

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