I’ve thought for months that SARS-CoV-2 was already widespread long before the lockdowns began, making them destructively pointless. And I’ve collected a fair bit of data to support that, including a case in Washington in December. Well, here’s another data point.
Coronavirus was in northern Italy in December, officials reveal after studying wastewater
SARS-Cov-2 RNA (ribonucleic acid) was found in samples collected in Milan and Turin on Dec. 18, 2019, and in Bologna on Jan. 29, 2020.
Detectable levels of RNA in wastewater indicate a lot of infected people, not just one or two. Community transmission was in full swing in Milan by 12/18/2019.
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