Coronavirus began spreading in California as early as December, official says
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A silent spreader?
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.
“The 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.
Smith, 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 …continued .
[Source: Fox News]