The new coronavirus began to spread in China ahead of schedule: one of the first infected appeared in Hubei province on November 17, 2019, SCMP reported citing authorities
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The first case of new coronavirus infection in China was detected on November 17, and not in December, as was previously known. This was reported by The South China Morning Post (SCMP), citing authorities.
It is believed that the 55-year-old resident of Hubei Province became the first to fall ill. In total, nine cases of infection were revealed in China in November, but not a single infected government has yet been called the “null patient,” or the first person to become ill.
By December 27, when a doctor at a hospital in Hubei Province, Zhang Jixian, reported that the new disease was caused by a coronavirus, 180 people were already infected in the country.
According to a study published in the medical journal Lancet, coronavirus can remain in the human body much longer than expected earlier than 14 days – about five weeks after infection, or 37 days. These data were obtained on the basis of information about patients who got with coronavirus in two infectious hospitals in Wuhan, the focus of the spread of the disease.
In addition, the study confirmed that elderly people are more likely to become victims of the disease, and those suffering from multiple organ failure syndrome were at risk.