According to the study, which is still under review, parking images showed a “sharp increase” starting in August 2019 and a peak in December 2019. Between September and October, five of the six hospitals analyzed saw their highest daily volume of cars. As for web searches, the use of the words “diarrhea” and “cough” increased markedly about 3 weeks before the peak in confirmed Covid-19 cases at the end of 2019.
The authors of the study said that although they could not confirm whether the increase in vehicle traffic was directly related to the new virus, the evidence “supports other recent work showing that the emergency occurred before the identification (of the coronavirus. ) in the Huanan fish market, “in late December, when Chinese officials reported a cluster at the market in central Wuhan.
“These findings also confirm the hypothesis that the virus emerged naturally in southern China and that it was potentially already in circulation at the time of the Wuhan cluster,” says the report. “Something was going on in October,” John S Brownstein of the Boston Children’s Hospital told ABC News. “Clearly, some level of social distress was occurring well before the start of the new coronavirus pandemic was identified.”
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