Health officials in Santa Clara County, California, claim that the corona virus has been in the area since January, and that Covid-19 deaths have been mistakenly attributed to seasonal flu.
According to Reuters, a 57-year-old woman in Santa Clara County, California, died of Covid-19 on February 6, earlier than any case of corona virus ever recorded in the US, according to local health officials. .
Previously, the first Covid-19 death in the United States is still thought to have occurred on February 29 in Washington state.
Information on deaths earlier than 3 weeks in California may help public health officials better understand the outbreak of the pandemic in the United States.
The death of the 57-year-old woman and two other cases, including a 69-year-old man who died on February 17 and a 70-year-old man who died on March 6, were both confirmed as coronary virus infections. after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sampled these people.
None of these people has a travel history.
“These three people died at home during a very limited period of testing. These deaths show us that there was a significant infection in the community, much earlier.” with what we already know, “said Sarah Cody, Santa Clara County health official.
According to Cody, the area experienced a terrible flu pandemic at the time, so it is likely that many cases have been misclassified. These schools died of Covid-19 but were found to be from seasonal flu – and in fact, the number of people infected with Covid-19 may be even higher.
The three cases were discovered after the county medical examiner felt unconvincing about the cause of death, Cody said. Because the Covid-19 tests were not available, the office kept a sample of these patients’ samples and sent them to the CDC later.
At that time, CDC set a narrow criteria – only testing for individuals with a history of travel to the epidemic area and specific symptoms.
The number of deaths from Covid-19 in the United States is leading the world, with 46,000 cases on April 22, doubling in just one week. Currently the number of infections across the United States has surpassed 800,000.