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Old 07-07-20, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
The first confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the United States was in February, 2020.

Anecdotally, a lot of folks suggest they may have had it earlier. This was in another thread I don't want to post to because the OP asked those who have not had the disease not to post to it:



My next-door neighbor (in rural Santa Cruz) suggests the same. It seems to be a fairly common assertion.

Anyone else here think they might have gotten it earlier than Feb? If so, any idea how?
It had to be circulating in the community before the first confirmed case was discovered. It's an insidious disease, a long incubation period, a lot of asymptomatic carriers, and symptoms that look familiar enough not to raise eyebrows. Combine that with international flights every day. I wouldn't be surprised if it was here a month before we knew it.

I might be wrong because of the way it seemed to radiate out from Seattle. Or that might just be where we were testing for it in those days.
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