Has COVID-19 Been With Us All Along?

How long has the COVID-19 virus been in existence in America?

More important: Has the novel Coronavirus been active in the U.S. all along?

It’s not as farfetched as one might believe.

In fact, there is speculation the Coronavirus has been in America longer than experts believe.

On January 22nd, NPR reported a Seattle man in his 30’s had required hospitalization. The man had spent months in Wuhan, China the epicenter of the COVID-19 virus.

The Seattle man was the first recognized case of the Coronavirus in America—but was he patient “zero”?

Not likely.

Given the nature of the virus and its infection, where in the vast majority of cases the infected individual only experiences mild symptoms, it’s reasonable to assume the Coronavirus may have been active in the U.S. population months prior to the first reported case.

Given the timing, Coronavirus cases in the U.S. could have been mistaken as merely the flu by those infected.

The Chinese government has been resoundingly criticized for not divulging the nature of the COVID-19 virus early on.

Yet, the Coronavirus was first suspected of surfacing in Wuhan, China on November 19th of 2019, coinciding with the beginning of flu season.

Again, the date of November 19th is the first recognized COVID-19 infection in China—it is does not mean it is the first infection due to the Coronavirus.

It seems reasonable the first cases of the Coronavirus were misdiagnosed in China as simply the flu.

Could that have been the case in America?

Could flu cases in the U.S. have been misidentified?

It is worth noting, the U.S. did not start tracking/identifying COVID-19 cases until the Chinese had informed the world a new virus was active in Wuhan province.

Even then, tracking Coronavirus infection in the U.S. didn’t start in earnest until February 2020.

Could the Coronavirus have made it’s way into America prior to the country’s testing?

In many respects, we are using backward logic to believe the Coronavirus outbreak has followed a purely linear progression—from China, to South Korea, Japan, Italy…etc..

In the global economy, even if we can pinpoint the original appearance of COVID-19 to Wuhan, China, it doesn’t seem reasonable to believe the spread followed some linear pattern.

Almost every state in the U.S. had a case of Coronavirus within weeks of the first announced case. Given the dispersal within the U.S., it would be reasonable to conclude the spread throughout the world had occurred concurrently.

That would mean the Coronavirus could have reached the U.S. as early as late December.

Given the flu season, we must ask: Were early COVID-19 cases in the U.S. misidentified?

Could Coronavirus cases have been lumped in with the seasonal flu?

There’s no way of knowing.

The same goes for other countries.

Furthermore, we cannot rely on the current tracking as evidence of the timing of the emergence of the Coronavirus.

Plainly stated, we weren’t looking for the COVID-19 virus until recently, therefore, any data associated with the current tracking may be immaterial.

On the positive side, if the Coronavirus has been active in America longer than previously thought, that would mean there is a strong possibility the population in the U.S. has already built-up resistance to the virus.

What we know: We don’t know exactly how long COVID-19 has been in the U.S..

In fact, it is well within reason the Coronavirus has been here all along—and simply misidentified as the flu.

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