The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has joined forces with the NYU Grossman School of Medicine to determine the cause of the COVID-19 outbreak in New York City. The analysis is demonstrating that the coronavirus cases in the New York City might have appeared earlier than it is believed, new reports suggest.
The researchers are stating that the first cases to appear were caused by travelers from Europe, as well as travelers from several parts of the United States, not from Asia as it was previously thought.
New York currently has approximately 80.000 cases of coronavirus, 4.260 of which resulted in the death of the patient. On a global scale, New York is one of the most alarming epicenters of coronavirus in the world. The first-ever case to be confirmed in New York was reported on the 1st of Ma by the mayor of the city, Bill de Blasio.
The coronavirus outbreak in New York
The first patient contracted the virus during a recent trip and was immediately isolated at home. After that, the authorities decided to ban social gatherings and to close the educational institutions, since the city has experienced an explosive outbreak of the virus.
However, the scientists are stating that there have been several months since the coronavirus started spreading in the community without being registered. An announcement posted by the academic medical center says that the spreading of the virus was caused by European tourists that came already infected to visit the city that never sleeps.
The study is focusing on 75 patients and their genetic material, collected from those in medical care due to COVID-19 at the Tisch Hospital NYU. The leading researcher is focusing on getting as many samples as possible and has announced that the upcoming information will be published after the team will have already started collecting a minimum of 192 viral samples each week.