In the United States, the first patient with COVID-19 appeared earlier than initially thought. According to the results of the study, scientists from the University of California came to this conclusion.
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American scientists analyzed statistics on visits to US medical institutions in December 2019 with suspected respiratory diseases. It turned out that during the indicated period there was an increase in the number of patients. At the same time, the first official case of COVID-19 was registered in the United States in January 2020 in the state of Washington. The sick man visited Wuhan, China, shortly before consulting American doctors.
In the United States, according to statistics, during the pandemic, 8.6 million cases of COVID-19 were detected. The number of deaths due to infection is close to 200,000. The quarantine introduced by the authorities in the spring led to the fact that in the second quarter of 2020, the country's GDP collapsed by almost 33%.