A lot of people believe that the novel coronavirus has been lurking in China since December 2019, but it seems that things are not quite like this. There’s more and more data that supports the claims saying that the novel coronavirus has been here for much longer.
CNN just reported that some satellite images of hospital parking lots in Wuhan and also some Internet search trends are actually showing that the coronavirus may have been spreading in China as early as last August.
This has been revealed by a new study from Harvard Medical School.
Comparison between 2018 and 2019 hospital traffic
It seems that the study has found a significantly higher number of cars in the parking lots at five Wuhan hospitals in the late summer and fall of 2019 compared to 2018 – it also seems that there’s been an uptick in searches in keywords that are associated with an infectious disease on China’s Baidu search engine.
Researchers saw “a steep increase in volume starting in August 2019 and culminating with a peak in December 2019,” the team, led by Boston Children’s Hospital chief innovation officer John Brownstein, wrote not too long ago.
Experts used images from October 2018 and they counted 171 cars in the parking lots at one of the largest hospitals in Wuhan, Tianyou Hospital.
A 90% increase in traffic
Back in 2019, satellite data showed 285 vehicles in the same lots – this means an increase of 67%. There was also a 90% increase in traffic during the same time period at other Wuhan hospitals, according to the latest data.
“Individual hospitals have days of high relative volume in both fall and winter 2019. However, between September and October 2019, five of the six hospitals show their highest relative daily volume of the analyzed series, coinciding with elevated levels of Baidu search queries for the terms ‘diarrhea’ and ‘cough’,” experts wrote.
“This is all about trying to piece together a complicated puzzle of what was taking place at the time,” Brownstein told CNN.
Check out CNN’s complete article in order to find out more data.
Also, check out some new data claiming that the coronavirus was fabricated in a Chinese lab.