September 11, 2020
Doctors at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health who scoured millions of old medical records found a spike in admissions with coughs and lung failure beginning in December, which continued through February.
During those months, there were 50 per cent more of these cases than the hospital system had seen during that period for the previous five years – and they have pointed the finger at Covid-19.
The scientists say that, between December and February, there may have been as many as 1,000 coronavirus patients in Los Angeles.
The finding is published after only yesterday a British family came forward with a coroner’s report saying that their relative, 84-year-old Peter Attwood, died of coronavirus after catching it in December.
Mr Attwood’s death came two months before the first death was officially recorded in Britain and has been officially attributed to the disease, despite China not announcing its existence until after the grandfather had already caught it.
Beijing has long claimed the disease was first recorded in a market in Wuhan just before Christmas, with the Chinese government not reporting it to the World Health Organisation until December 31.
But timelines – including traffic reports and aerial images of car parks in Wuhan – now suggest that the virus could have been around for weeks or even months beforehand, and even infecting travellers.
This article was posted: Friday, September 11, 2020 at 2:40 am