Scientists from China have put forward a new version of the origin of the coronavirus. According to them, the spread of COVID-19 in the United States could begin as early as September 2019, that is, earlier than in China. This is stated in a study published on the ChinaXiv portal.
A group of specialists from China using a mathematical model named a possible date for the start of the spread of coronavirus in the United States and China, using data on the number of confirmed cases of infection.
The study is based on an analysis of data from 12 representative regions of the United States selected to determine the date of the first infection. “ With a 50 percent chance, the first case of infection occurred between August and October 2019, '' the message says. According to scientists, this is much earlier than the officially announced date of the first confirmed case in the United States – January 20, 2020.
According to scientists, the results of the study show that with a high degree of probability the coronavirus began to spread in the States in September 2019. At the same time, experts emphasize that the spread of coronavirus in China itself probably began only at the end of December 2019.
Earlier, The Telegraph reported that researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology were planning to release modified coronaviruses in the volatile population. mice back in 2018. For these studies, experts asked for $ 14 million from the American Agency for Advanced Research Projects in the field of defense.