US COVID-19 Cases Found as Early as December 2019

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  • A new study has suggested that COVID-19 infections may have began to spread in the US as early as December 2019, providing more evidence that the outbreak might have begun spreading globally before China reported its first case in December
  • The study published Monday identified 106 COVID-19 infections from 7,389 blood samples collected from donors in nine US states between December 13 and January 17
  • The samples, collected by the American Red Cross, were sent to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for COVID-19 immunological analysis
  • The researchers said the antibodies detected in the samples were specific to SARS-CoV-2, eliminating doubts that the antibodies might have developed against other coronaviruses
  • Reports of COVID-19 as a strange form of pneumonia were first reported in China in late December 2019, after which several countries began to report their first cases of the infection