Autopsies Show COVID-19 Was In California Long Before Originally Thought

(PatrioticPost.Com)- Autopsies of two people who died in early and mid-February in California revealed they had coronavirus, meaning that the virus was in the country long before initially believed.
Local officials in Santa Clara County announced that tissue samples that were taken during autopsies of two people who died in their home tested positive for coronavirus. The people died on February 6 and February 17.
It was initially thought that the first victim who died of coronavirus passed away on February 29 in Kirkland, Washington, but this new finding suggests the virus was in the United States long before initially thought. It also suggests that the timeline of the outbreak in the U.S. could have been way off.
Jeff Smith, a county executive in Santa Clara who is also a physician, told the Washington Post:
“The fact that there were deaths related to COVID back in early February is very significant because it means the virus was around for a lot longer than was initially realized. It’s been around for a while, and it’s probably been spreading in the community for quite some time.”
It’s not known at this point how these two people were infected with the coronavirus, but the prevailing thought is they were both community transmissions, according to the county’s public health officer, Sara Cody. She said:
“From what I understand, we don’t know of any travel history. More investigation will be done to try and confirm that that’s the case.”
Back when these two people passed away, there wasn’t a widespread availability of testing available, so it was nearly impossible for locations such as Santa Clara County to properly test everyone who was ill. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention had tests that were highly restricted as to who could receive them. At the time, a person basically had to either have traveled to China recently or been in contact with a person who had a confirmed case of coronavirus.
Now, these positive tests have confirmed a lot of people’s fears. As Cody said:
“We did have a very uncomfortable feeling that we were missing cases because we didn’t have the tests to be able to confirm. This tells us that, yes, we were definitely missing cases.”
The other concerns that has popped up with these two new cases is that many people earlier this year could have been misdiagnosed, which could have led to the outbreak in the United States being more severe than it could have been.
By official data, Santa Clara County has seen 1,946 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 88 deaths related to COVID-19. But Cody said each case or death “represents tips of icebergs of unknown size.”
The county’s first known case was initially recorded on February 28 in a 68-year-old man who later died on March 9. That timeline is significantly off with these new discoveries, though, prompting the question of how far off other timelines around the country really are.