News Analysis WHO studying evidence of coronavirus antibodies found in Italy dating back to late 2019

币游国际平台

2021-06-30

ROME,June7(Xinhua)--TheWorldHealthOrganization(WHO)isevaluatingevidencefromItalythatthecoronavirusorasimilarvirusmayhavebeencirculatinginItalymonthsearlierthangenerallybelieved,sNationalCancerInstitute(INT)reportedinNovemberlastyearthatitfoundevidenceofcoronavirusantibodiesinthebloodoffourItaliancancertestsubjectsinearlyOctober2019,meaningtheywouldhavebeeninfectedbythevirusinSeptember,threemonthsbeforeChinareporteditsfirstcaseofCOVID-19,,co-authoroftheoriginalstudyandaprofessorofpublichealthattheUniversityofSiena,saidtheWHOwasinformedofthestudy,researcherssent30biologicalsamples--allfromtheperiodbetweenOctoberandDecemberin2019beforethecoronaviruswaswidelyknown--toErasmusUniversityRotterdamintheNetherlandswhichwasselectedbytheWHOforfurthertesting,tforcomments,MontomolitoldXinhuatheuniversitylabsconclusions"wereverysimilartowhat(ItalysNationalCancerInstitute)discovered,thoughthereweresomesmalldifferences."Montomolisaidthecombinedresults"madeaveryconvincingcase"thatthecoronavirusorasimilarviruswasincirculationinItalymonthsearlierthanthecountrysfirstofficiallyrecordedCOVID-19caseinFebruary2020."Wedidnotfindevidenceofthevirusbutratheroftheantibodiesaninfectionleavesbehind,"Montomolisaid."TheonlywayforthattobethecasewasforthecoronspossibleitwasthesamevirusthathadbeenfoundinWuhaninDecember(2019)orperhapsitwasalessseriousandlesstransmissiblevariant."Atthetimetheresultsofthestudywerereleased,GiovanniApolone,scientificdirectoroftheinstitute,saidthefindingsdidn"helpcreateamoreaccuratepicture"ofthevirusevolution,somethinghesaidbothhelpconfrontthecurrentpandemicandrespondtoafuturepandemicmoreeffectively."Whatwediscovereddoesnotproveanythingonitsown,butitisanimportantpieceofapuzzle,"onavirussomuchearliercouldhelpexplainreportsofa,2019,ItalysHealthMinistryreportedhighlevelsof"unusual"strainsoffluandpneumoniaconcentratedintheareaaroundMilanandappearingin17ofItaly,2020,ItaliannewspaperCorrieredellaSerarananarticleaboutinflammationinpatientsapparentlycausedbythe"Pneumococcusbacterium,",INTresearcherssaidtherewasnopossibilitythatantibodiespresentinpatientsduetoin。