"The US Probably Had the Coronavirus in December, But was Too Busy Watching China to Notice" - Hilary Brueck
Mount Sinai research shows that New York probably imported most of its first COVID-19 cases from Europe, and COVID could have been circulating in the US earlier than originally thought. "[The coronavirus] came to the New York City area predominately via Europe, through untracked transmissions," Dr. Viviana Simon, a Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Mount Sinai, said in a press release at the time. "The virus was likely circulating as early as late-January 2020 in the New York City area. This underscores the urgent need for early and continued broad testing to identify untracked transmission clusters in the community."