Coronavirus was spreading in the US by December 17, study finds

Coronavirus was spreading in the US by December 17 - WEEKS before China admitted that people there were being infected by a new virus, antibody testing of donated blood finds CDC scientists discovered antibodies to coronavirus in 106 samples taken from blood donated by more than 7,300 Americans in December and January  Of donations made between December 13 and December 16, 39 were positive, including samples from California, Washington and Oregon  Another 67 samples from donations made from December 30 and January 17 in the Midwest and Northeast were also positive  China did not report the new virus to the CDC until December 31, and the first U.S. case was confirmed on January 19   

By Natalie Rahhal Us Health Editor

Published: 17:06 GMT, 1 December 2020 | Updated: 17:06 GMT, 1 December 2020

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Coronavirus was likely spreading in much of the U.S. last December - weeks before China told the officially recognized the new virus, a new study suggests. 

Blood collected by the Red Cross between December 13 and January 17 was later sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be tested for antibodies to coronavirus. 

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Testing revealed antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 in 39 samples from blood donated between December 13 and December 16. Those donations were made in California, Oregon, and Washington. 

Another 67 samples taken between December 30 and January 17 from donors in the Midwest and Northeast were positive for antibodies, according to the Wall Street Journal.  

It comes as documents leaked to CNN reveal that China underreported the number of infections there by the thousands, and made 'politically motivated errors in how they handled it,' Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, told the outlet.

CDC scientists found coronavirus antibodies in 1.4% of samples taken from blood Americans donated to the Red Cross between December 13 and January 17

CDC scientists found coronavirus antibodies in 1.4% of samples taken from blood Americans donated to the Red Cross between December 13 and January 17 

The first U.S. case of coronavirus was not reported until January 19.  

It was only 12 day earlier, on January 8, that the World Health Organization (WHO) said the bizarre pneumonia sickening people in China was likely

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