Coronavirus spread in cities of the city before the first official case

Coronavirus spread in cities of the city before the first official case

Coronavirus spread in cities of the city before the first official case

New research suggests the coronavirus outbreak in New York mainly originated from travelers from Europe, not Asia, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The two studies are being conducted by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the New York University School of Medicine.

"The majority is clearly European", Mount Sinai geneticist Dr. Harm van Bakel said.

Researchers in NY began to pick up on this in March, around the same time as the Trump administration imposed a ban on travel from Europe around the beginning of the month.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge also published a recent study that said three distinct strains of the coronavirus have developed, with each strain affecting different parts of the world.

NY has become the epicenter of the virus in the United States. By the time he stopped travel from Europe in mid-March, thousands of people were already infected.

Researchers believe the virus was being spread around the city by mid-February - weeks before New York's first confirmed case.

Nonetheless, travelers from Europe carrying the virus were already entering the country via NY weeks before the ban.

"Europe became the epicenter pretty quickly after China really exploded with their cases", Fauci told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

The Mount Sinai study traced the cases in the city and found there is "limited evidence" supporting that the virus was directly introduced there from China, where the coronavirus originated. USA, with more cases there than any other country in the world.

The studies show that a previously hidden spread of the virus may have been detected if aggressive testing programs had been implemented.

The virus appears to mutate very slowly, with only tiny differences between the different strains and that none of the strains of the virus are more deadly than another, experts say.

Scientists also said that despite conspiracy theories falsely claiming the virus was made in a lab, the virus's genome shows it began in bats.

As of late Wednesday, the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, had infected 1.5 million people worldwide and killed almost 88,000 people.

"Only one of the 78 cases studied was infected with a virus which was a clear candidate for introduction from Asia, and this virus is most closely linked to viral isolates from Seattle, Washington", said Simon. Shortly after, the city warned of public rallies, and New Rochelle, New York, closed schools because the virus was spreading quickly there.

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