Wuhan coronavirus pandemic — washington state.
Scientists suggest it has spread in King County for 6 weeks already.
“That being so, Bedford and other researchers believe the virus has likely been spreading through the community undetected for close to six weeks. Researchers estimate that could mean anywhere from 150 to 1,500 people have been infected here, with the most likely number being between 300 and 500.”
COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, may have been spreading in Washington state for weeks undetected, according to researchers at the Seattle Flu Study.
Hours after a press conference Saturday announcing new cases of the virus in King County, including the first U.S. death, researchers took to Twitter to reveal results of a genome analysis. The analysis strongly suggested the case of the virus confirmed Friday in a Snohomish County teen from Jackson High School descended from the county’s only other confirmed case – the first U.S. case – way back in mid-January.