Donald Trump and his administration are scrambling to contain the coronavirus outbreak and reopen the nation’s economy.
But now all hell is breaking loose.
And that’s because this jaw-dropping truth about the coronavirus spread will change everything.
There is so much public health experts don’t know about the coronavirus.
At the top of that list is how deeply the virus penetrated America.
Santa Clara County, California gave a hint the infection began spreading much earlier than first thought when a medical examiner announced that the first death in the country from coronavirus was actually on February 6.
The San Francisco Chronicle exclusively reported:
Santa Clara County on Tuesday announced three previously unidentified deaths from the coronavirus: the Feb. 6 case; one on Feb. 17, which also predates the death that was earlier believed to be the first; and one on March 6. Initially, the first death in the county had been reported March 9.
“What it means is we had coronavirus circulating in the community much earlier than we had documented and much earlier than we had thought,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County’s public health officer. “Those deaths probably represent many, many more infections. And so there had to be chains of transmission that go back much earlier.”
Cody did not provide details about the people who died in February but said the deaths “tell us we had community transmission – probably significant community transmission – far before we realized it and documented it.”
This was more than three weeks before the first confirmed coronavirus death was recorded in America on February 29.
There is no record of this individual traveling to China or other hot spots, which means there was community spread in Santa Clara dating back to January.
These findings indicate that not only was the coronavirus in American long before it was first thought, but that more Americans were exposed to the virus and the country could be closer to herd immunity – where so many people have been exposed that an infected individual has almost no chance of running into someone not yet infected and viral transmission is suppressed – than people thought.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.