How US patient zero spread coronavirus despite safety precautions, leading to mass cancellation of events

Thursday, March 12, 2020
By Paul Martin

by: Darnel Fernandez
NaturalNews.com
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

A Seattle resident who would become known as the United States’ “Patient Zero” for the coronavirus outbreak still managed to spread the virus despite undergoing an “Ebola-style” lockdown procedure, officials claim. The 35-year-old arrived at an urgent-care clinic in a suburb north of Seattle on January 19 with an elevated temperature and cough — symptoms he had developed very soon after returning from visiting family in Wuhan, China.

After undergoing tests and several days of isolation inside a bio-containment ward developed for the Ebola virus, county health officials deemed the man fully recovered by February 21. Of the 60 people who came in contact with the man, none of them developed the virus in the following weeks. However, despite all the careful medical detective work done to contain the first case of COVID-19 in the U.S., it was not enough to slow down its spread.’

A Seattle resident who would become known as the United States’ “Patient Zero” for the coronavirus outbreak still managed to spread the virus despite undergoing an “Ebola-style” lockdown procedure, officials claim. The 35-year-old arrived at an urgent-care clinic in a suburb north of Seattle on January 19 with an elevated temperature and cough — symptoms he had developed very soon after returning from visiting family in Wuhan, China.

After undergoing tests and several days of isolation inside a bio-containment ward developed for the Ebola virus, county health officials deemed the man fully recovered by February 21. Of the 60 people who came in contact with the man, none of them developed the virus in the following weeks. However, despite all the careful medical detective work done to contain the first case of COVID-19 in the U.S., it was not enough to slow down its spread.

County officials said that patient zero took group transportation with other passengers soon after arriving from Wuhan at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on January 15. Further, researchers claimed that someone else might have picked up the virus at any time between the man’s arrival at the airport before he went to the hospital.

“It may be, for example, that Seattle got unlucky and had an early introduction that did take off into a chain of transmission, and other places that did nothing different might have had better luck,” said Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health epidemiology professor Marc Lipsitch. “It’s quite possible that we’ll see some places with lots of cases once we start testing.”

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