There are numerous posts on Facebook which assert that people in the United States have had coronavirus since last fall. The Facebook posts state that you had coronavirus if you had a dry cough that lasted 10 – 14 days.
Most of these posts were published by Donna Lee Collier. Bonnie Powell from Georgia shared Donna’s posts, saying that they express her opinion even though they have not been scientifically proved.
According to the researchers, the origin of COVID-19 is related to an animal market in Wuhan, China. On the 31st of December, there was a report of an outbreak in Wuhan, but published studies indicate that the virus appeared in Wuhan in the first half of November.
As COVID-19 spread around the globe, according to the medical experts, there were plenty of theories about the origin of the virus. Some claimed that it originated from outside of China, or from laboratories in China, others claimed that it was brought by the U.S. Army.
Dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of COVID-19. They range from mild to severe symptoms, and death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first case in the United States on the 21st of January, and it was a person who came back to Washington from Wuhan, China. However, even though more testing is required, it is considered that COVID-19 was present in the United States before January.
Dr. Luis Ostrosky, a professor of infectious disease in Huston, stated that there was an influenza-like disease in December and January, but he cannot claim that it was coronavirus until blood samples were tested. Also, Dr. Georges Benjamin agrees that the research would show that COVID-19 was in the United States earlier if they did more testing.
According to Josh Petrie, a research assistant, several viruses circulated and led to upper respiratory symptoms last year. There may have been sporadic existing viruses before the first COVID-19 case, but it was not widespread before December.
Medical experts claim that it is hard to say that if someone experienced dry cough or upper respiratory symptoms, they had coronavirus. However, it may have arrived in the United States before the first reported case in January.