COVID-19 positive cases were present in the US in December 2019, weeks before China reported the first cases, a study has found. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, China, reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province only on December 31, 2019, following which the novel coronavirus was identified.The study titled ‘Serologic Testing of US Blood Donations to Identify SARS-CoV-2-Reactive Antibodies: December 2019 to January 2020’ that was published on November 30, found 106 infections among the 7,389 blood samples that were collected from donors across nine US states between December 13, 2019 and January 17, 2020.“The findings of this report suggest that SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been present in the US in December 2019, earlier than previously recognized,” the study said.Close The blood samples were collected by the American Red Cross and were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to find out if they had novel coronavirus antibodies. COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions View more How does a vaccine work? A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd… Read full this story
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