Coronavirus likely came to New York from European travel, not Asia, report
The virus was believed to have arrived from Asia, where it started
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Two new research reports show that the coronavirus was likely spread by European travel and that the contagion began to spread in the state weeks before the first case was confirmed in mid-February.
The first confirmed U.S. case was in Washington state, but New York, with Manhattan one of world’s biggest tourist destinations, quickly became the epicenter of the pandemic.
The separate research by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine was first reported by The New York Times.
The findings appear contrary to the general assumption that the virus came to the U.S. from Asian travelers, considering the virus was first detected in China, in late-December 2019.
The study suggests that as least some of the European travel was from New Yorkers going back and forth.
President Trump on Jan. 31 banned most travel from China. Meanwhile, European countries didn’t experience major outbreaks until late-February, after which the president put a travel ban on most of those countries.
The studies purportedly looked at the genetic material of viruses in thousands of patients.
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