Coronavirus began spreading in California as early as December, official says 6park.com
In California, the novel coronavirus may
have begun spreading — albeit quietly — since December, at least a
month before the first U.S. case was confirmed in Washington state, a
local official in the state recently said.
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virus was freewheeling in our community and probably has been here for
quite some time,” Dr. Jeff Smith, a physician and chief executive of
Santa Clara County government, reportedly said during a recent briefing
with county leaders, the Los Angeles Times reported.
citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
local health departments and beyond, later told the paper in an
interview that the virus was possibly circulating in the Bay Area “a lot
longer than we first believed,” and possibly “since back in December.”