Ohio Local Has Been Shedding Unique COVID Strain into the Sewers and Expert Is Trying to Find Them on Twitter!

Ohio Local Has Been Shedding Unique COVID Strain into the Sewers and Expert Is Trying to Find Them on Twitter!

A professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine claims that one anonymous Ohio local has a novel strain or lineage of COVID-19 and is completely unaware of the fact.

According to Marc Johnson, considerable quantities of a novel, distinct strain of COVID-19 were discovered when scanning through a wastewater database of COVID samples, Johnson revealed to Insider.

Washington Court House, Ohio, which is roughly 40 miles southwest of Columbus, and the city of Columbus are the two main locations where the strain has been discovered.

The strain is isolated to one person in Ohio. In Johnson’s opinion, the individual may be a commuter for a living.

He claimed that last summer and again, back in March of this year, he discovered the new strain in a data sample.

Fortunately, Johnson said, this new strain of COVID is probably not contagious and is more likely a variation of long COVID.

In order to identify the enigmatic COVID strain and possible sources of it, Johnson turned to Twitter.

Johnson posted: “Help me solve a COVID cryptic lineage mystery. We recently discovered a cryptic lineage in Ohio. It appears to be derived from a person that was infected over 2 years ago. The one thing we know for sure it that this person is shedding a ton of viral material. I suspect that they have a SARS-CoV-2 GI infection and may think they have something like IBD or chronic diarrhea.”

Johnson has reduced the number of potential patients to around 1,600 with the help of his Twitter followers and data from the U.S. Census.

This number includes 900 people who commute from Fayette County every day, where Washington Court House is located, to Franklin County, where Columbus is located, as well as 700 people commuting in the opposite direction.

Johnson stated that he is spreading this information in the hopes that the infected person, or a member of their family, will become aware of the situation and seek medical attention.

Johnson also shared via the Insider that “If someone has this infection, the chances that they’re going to figure out what it is is nil. I’m trying to get the word out so that they might figure it out and put it together.”


Katherine is just getting her start as a journalist. She attended a technical school while still in high school where she learned a variety of skills, from photography to nutrition. Her enthusiasm for both natural and human sciences is real so she particularly enjoys covering topics on medicine and the environment.

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