GPs may have seen Covid-19 last year

Pretoria News - - WORLD - | IANS

ITAL­IAN gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers saw strange pneu­mo­nia cases as early as Novem­ber 2019, which could mean the virus was cir­cu­lat­ing in parts of the coun­try be­fore doc­tors be­came aware of the novel coro­n­avirus out­break in China last De­cem­ber, a US ra­dio out­let re­ported.

The re­port, pub­lished by Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio (NPR), cited Giuseppe Re­muzzi, co-au­thor of a re­cent pa­per in The Lancet about Italy’s epi­demic. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, some ques­tion why Italy was caught off guard when the virus out­break was re­vealed on Fe­bru­ary 21. Re­muzzi said he was hear­ing in­for­ma­tion about it from gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers.

“They re­mem­ber hav­ing seen very strange pneu­mo­nia, very se­vere, par­tic­u­larly in old peo­ple in De­cem­ber and even Novem­ber,” the re­port quoted Re­muzzi as say­ing.

“This means that the virus was cir­cu­lat­ing, at least in (the north­ern re­gion of) Lom­bardy and be­fore we were aware of this out­break oc­cur­ring in China.”

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