Most coronavirus cases in NY came from Europe, new studies show

Most coronavirus cases in NY came from Europe, new studies show

Teams of geneticists at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the NYU Grossman School of Medicine separately studied the genomes of coronavirus samples from different groups of COVID-19 cases in NY.

"The majority is clearly European", Harm van Bakel, a geneticist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told NYT.

The novel coronavirus began spreading in New York City in February, before widespread testing began, and the strain so far identified in local samples came from Europe, a scientist said Wednesday.

Researchers at Penn State University found that the coronavirus came from bats.

Travelers likely carrying the virus already arrived in NY from Europe before the end of January when it is thought isolated cases began and President Trump banned entry to the United States by foreign nationals who had visited China.

It wasn't until March 11 that the president restricted travel from Europe, and even then the decision was heavily criticized as a misguided an ineffective measure.

Soon after, the city that never sleeps cautioned against public gatherings, and New Rochelle, New York, closed schools as the virus spread quickly there.

Nonetheless, the new studies indicate travellers from Europe carrying the virus were already entering the country via NY weeks before the ban. Some of the earliest US coronavirus cases appear to have come from people who traveled from China.

One of the research studies found 7 different pressures of infections that showed up in the New York City location and scientists anticipate to locate much more.

Although the NY outbreak appeared to originate in Europe, the Washington state cases appear to have come from China. Those cases were analyzed along with 2,363 publicly available coronavirus genomes from around the world.

At least eight strains of the virus are being tracked by researchers around the world, using genetic detective work to show how the virus spreads. Apparently, the virus subtly mutated as it was sweeping across the word.

This comes from genome scientists and researchers at NYU Langone Health.

As of late Wednesday, the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, had infected 1.5 million people worldwide and killed almost 88,000 people.

The virus was first discovered in Wuhan, China a year ago and killed thousands of people in Asia before it spread across the globe.

The findings also stand substantiated with a slew of mysterious pneumonia cases that NY physicians were treating before large scale testing began in the city.

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