Italian studies have been taking place for the past few months and the findings are turning a lot of heads. It is now being suggested that the COVID-19 virus may have hit Europe as early as September 2019. The researchers published the findings in the Tumori Journal. They took a look at the presence of antibodies when they examined nearly a thousand people who were rounded for a trial related to lung cancer.
“SARS-CoV-2 RBD-specific antibodies were detected in 111 of 959 (11.6%) individuals, starting from September 2019 (14%), with a cluster of positive cases (>30%) in the second week of February 2020 and the highest number (53.2%) in Lombardy.
This study shows an unexpected very early circulation of SARS-CoV-2 among asymptomatic individuals in Italy several months before the first patient was identified, and clarifies the onset and spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Finding SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in asymptomatic people before the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy may reshape the history of pandemic,” says the study.
The first COVID-19 cases in the nation of Italy were reported on back in January. Previous Italian studies have suggested that the virus was tainting the national water supply a month earlier, though. This is not a new theory by any stretch of the imagination, either. French doctors reported that one of their pneumonia patients actually tested positive for COVID-19 in December as well.
This all took place before China ever bothered to report the virus to the World Health Organization. There is a difference between controlling the virus and knowing exactly where and how it originated, of course. Perhaps the world’s current health systems may have been able to do a better job if they had known about the virus a bit earlier?
Better treatments could have come available earlier if they had more time to work on them. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Center for Clinical Data Science in Massachusetts only began their modeling once American lockdowns became a fact of life. If the information had been shared earlier, modeling could have started taking place in late 2019 instead of spring 2020.
The only question that is left to answer now is whether that would have made any sort of difference. Worldwide, we are not sure. Governments probably would have continued the lockdowns and put a halt to their economies anyway. A few months notice one way or the other isn’t going to do much to change anyone’s mind.
There is even a chance that the global economy could have suffered even more because the lockdowns would have taken place even earlier. This is all speculation, to be quite honest. All we can do is take the facts that are in front of us and venture an educated guess. That’s all anyone has been doing since the COVID-19 pandemic became such a huge part of our daily lives.
There is an even more intriguing question to be answered now: what happens once the virus is (hopefully) under control? Some politicians may look to make peace, others may want to see China on the hot seat. How is this country going to react when they are further isolated? They could elect to expand their holdings by force at that point.
As for Joe Biden? He is already trying his best to put his tough-guy face on. He wants everyone to know that he is actually going to be tough on the Chinese. Whether that even happens or not is anyone’s guess at the moment. China was been warned and it is doubtful that Biden will want to appear weak.
They were already informed that the United States military had the ability to “sink all of China’s military vessels, submarines, and merchant ships in the South China Sea within 72 hours”. This is far from an idle threat. Whether Biden and his cronies in Washington, D.C. truly have the stones to follow up on it is another question entirely. We can’t wait to see how this unfolds.