Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 were circulating in France at the end of December last year, while officially, the first cases of the disease in the country was only announced on 24 January. Revised data obtained through retrospective analysis of biological material of a patient had specific symptoms.

the Results of his research scientists and physicians presented in the material published on the portal Science Direct. As noted in the article, the symptoms of coronavirus in General similar to the normal flu. And when China is already struggling with the new disease, Europe is faced with seasonal flu. It was therefore decided to test for coronavirus in the biological material of the patients hospitalized in the period from 2 December to 16 January. One of 14 tests showed a positive result.

we are Talking about a 42-year-old fishmonger, admitted to the emergency Department to the clinic in the North of Paris. The man noted hemoptysis, cough, headache and fever that had developed in the course of four days. Algerian by birth, he never left France since August of 2019, when he visited home. It is also known that the patient was suffering from asthma and diabetes of the second type. Computed tomography revealed lung damage, but treatment with antibiotics was successful after two days the man was discharged.

“Identify the first infected patient is of great epidemiological interest because it significantly changes our knowledge about SARS-CoV-2 and its dissemination. Moreover, the lack of communication with China and the lack of recent visits suggest that this disease spread among the population of France at the end of December 2019,” say scientists.