Covid-19 has existed in France since November 2019 – A study on serum samples of more than 9,000 French adults suggests that the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) may have existed in the country as early as November 2019. Because some samples between November 2019 and January 2020 tested positive for antibodies to the virus.

Launch from The Health SiteThe research was led by Fabrice Carrat, director of the Paris-based Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health.

The research results have been published in European Journal of Epidemiology on February 6. It was reported that all 9,144 serum samples were collected between 4 November 2019 and 16 March 2020 from participants living in 12 regions of mainland France.

Their average age was 55 and 51 percent of them were women, the report said.

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“We identified 353 participants with a positive anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG test,” and “neutralizing antibodies were detected in 44 participants,” he said.

Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) aka the corona virus which is currently endemic in China. (Shutterstock)

Strikingly, 13 participants with positive IgG and neutralizing antibodies were sampled between 5 November 2019 and 30 January 2020, seven of which had serum samples taken in November 2019.

Researchers believe that this study points to the presence of Covid-19 in France as early as November 2019.

On 7 May 2020, the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Colmar, Eastern France, announced in a statement that their radiologists reviewed 2,456 chest scans that were performed between November 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020.

The results show that the first suspected case occurred on 16 November 16 2019.

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On 3 May 2020, Yves Cohen, head of the intensive care unit of the two hospitals affiliated with AP-HP, told the media that the hospital was re-examining samples taken from 24 pneumonia patients between December 2019 and January 2020.

The results showed that a man who was hospitalized on December 27, 2019 and is now in good health, tested positive for Covid-19.

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