The virus entered Europe in October 2019? What Italian scientists have discovered with patient analyzes
More than a year after the coronavirus pandemic that brought the world to its knees, the origin and the time when it started circulating still remain a mystery. The suspicions are at Wuhan laboratory in China as scientists continue to investigate to unravel the mystery.
Scientists in Italy have made a recent discovery. They say the coronavirus may have circulated in Italy as early as October 2019.
They say China may have been aware and did not alert the world to the mysterious virus that was circulating in Wuhan, the epicenter of the pandemic, until December 2019.
Chinese officials have denied allegations that the virus circulated much earlier and say mid-December was the period when the first cases were detected. Other studies conducted seem to show the opposite.
Italian scientists have retested blood samples from patients and found that the infection was present in the country many months before anyone knew about the virus.
The results of tests on a cancer patient, with samples taken in October 2019, showed the acceptance of antibodies that fight Covid.
According to them, these findings are a signal that the virus has circulated before the first cases were officially recognized, and that in addition there is other evidence that proves it. Because of the months that have passed, it has been difficult to see the antibodies at the time the patients were infected.
In Europe, the coronavirus was officially confirmed in February last year, and from October to February is a huge 5-month gap when it comes to responding to pandemics.
Meanwhile, the origin of the virus remains a mystery, as China insists that it has passed from bats to humans. Others claim the virus came from Wuhan's laboratory in China.
* Daily Mail article translated and adapted into Albanian by Tiranapost.al.