The New York Times reports:
New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New York area by mid-February, weeks before the first confirmed case, and that travelers brought in the virus mainly from Europe, not Asia. “The majority is clearly European,” said Harm van Bakel, a geneticist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who co-wrote a study awaiting peer review.
A separate team at N.Y.U. Grossman School of Medicine came to strikingly similar conclusions, despite studying a different group of cases. Both teams analyzed genomes from coronaviruses taken from New Yorkers starting in mid-March. The research revealed a previously hidden spread of the virus that might have been detected if aggressive testing programs had been put in place.
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Scientist learn that the 1st #CoronavirusNYC patient, who tested positive Mar 1, got it from a European strain, NOT China & a mutated version. #Trump victory lap on China restrictions is unjustified. The true lesson of this pandemic is TEST. Early. Broadly https://t.co/ZgN6kq4rq5
— Maya Wiley (@mayawiley) April 9, 2020