Scientists: Virus may have been circulating in the U.S. for six weeks

Just hours earlier, a scientist in the United States who studied the genes of the new coronavirus made a startling discovery… The scientist, Trevor Bedford, is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. He was involved in analyzing the genes of virus samples from the first new coronavirus infection in the United States on January 19th, as reported by the New York Times and the Financial Times.

Scientists: Virus may have been circulating in the U.S. for six weeks(截图来自美国华盛顿大学官网)

And just this afternoon, Trevor Bedford posted a stunning discovery on his personal social account.

He said he analyzed the case of a newly diagnosed patient in Snohomish County, Washington, u.S., yesterday and found that the young patient, who was diagnosed on February 29, Beijing time, was infected with the new coronavirus, most likely from the virus that was first confirmed in the United States on January 19. evolved.

Scientists: Virus may have been circulating in the U.S. for six weeks

(Screenshot from Trevor Bedford’s social account)

Earlier, a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, an international authoritative medical journal, showed that the first case of new coronavirus infection in the U.S. mainland, confirmed on January 19, had a history of travel to Wuhan before the onset of the disease. But more notably, after returning to the United States from Wuhan, he also lived in Snohomish County, where “a new confirmed case occurred on February 29th”.

Scientists: Virus may have been circulating in the U.S. for six weeks

(The New England Journal of Medicine reports the first new crown case confirmed on January 19 in the U.S. mainland)

Scientists: Virus may have been circulating in the U.S. for six weeks

(Pictured is local media in Washington state reporting a newly confirmed case on February 29th, Beijing time)

As a result, Trevor Bedford says he thinks it could mean that the new coronavirus has been circulating in local communities in the United States as early as January 19, probably for six weeks.

Scientists: Virus may have been circulating in the U.S. for six weeks

(Screenshot from Trevor Bedford’s social account)

“I believe we may already be facing an outbreak of the new coronavirus outbreak in Washington state, but because the virus’s test ingress test criteria are too dead to detect only people who have been to China, it has not been detected,” the scientist wrote.

He also believes that the actual number of infections in Washington may have been “a few hundred.”

Scientists: Virus may have been circulating in the U.S. for six weeks

Scientists: Virus may have been circulating in the U.S. for six weeks

(Screenshot from Trevor Bedford’s social account)

It is worth noting that while Trevor Bedford also raised the possibility in his post that the virus, the first confirmed case in the United States on January 19, is genetically similar to the virus of the new confirmed case on February 29, perhaps a “coincidence”, he said it is “unlikely” that such a “coincidence” would occur.

Scientists: Virus may have been circulating in the U.S. for six weeks

(Screenshot from Trevor Bedford’s social account)

The New York Times has followed up, saying the new corona virus is likely to have been circulating in Washington state for weeks.

And according to the newspaper’s report, the local infection may even be in the range of 150 to 1500 people…

Scientists: Virus may have been circulating in the U.S. for six weeks

(Screenshot from The New York Times)