Could the coronavirus have appeared in Italy long before January, the month supposed to be the first contamination in the territory? In any case, this is what Doctor Giuseppe Remuzzi, director of the Milan Pharmacological Research Institute, says. According to him, the coronavirus has circulated in Italy even before the start of the epidemic in China.
Giuseppe Remuzzi explains that “strange pneumonia” was traveling in northern Italy as early as November, reports The Dispatch. Either well before Wuhan became the first epicenter of the Covid-19 epidemic.
The doctor specifies, in an interview with the American media NPR, to have recently received echoes from Italian doctors. These making the state of “very strange, very serious cases of pneumonia, especially in elderly patients, in December and even last November “.
“This means that the virus was circulating, at least in Lombardy, before we knew about the appearance of the Covid-19 in China,” said Giuseppe Remuzzi. The first Chinese cases are said to have taken place in mid-November, according to a report by South China Morning Post.
The origin of the coronavirus is still unknown, even if several hypotheses have already been put forward, in particular the contamination of humans via bats or pangolin. The scientific community supposes that the spread of the virus in Europe is due to a contact between an Italian and a Chinese, at the end of January. A theory now challenged.