Sumary of Europe Could Have Been Hit With COVID-19 Earlier Than China, New Study Reveals:
- The researchers retested individuals’ blood samples for lung cancer before the pandemic.
- Three samples were found to contain the coronavirus-linked antibody, IgM, indicating that a person was recently infected.
- “The results of this retesting suggest that what we previously reported in asymptomatic patients is a plausible signal of early circulation of the virus in Italy”, Giovanni Apolone, one of the researchers, told the Financial Times.
- According to the study, none of the samples contained sufficient levels of each of the three types of antibodies that Erasmus University in the Netherlands, a WHO-affiliated facility, considers proof of infection.