Research on Washington State Coronavirus Cases Suggests that Between 150 to 1,500 People Could Be Infected


Source: Gizmodo


New research suggests that there could be hundreds of undiagnosed cases of coronavirus in Washington state. On Sunday, the U.S. recorded its second death from coronavirus in the state.
New research suggests that there could be hundreds of undiagnosed cases of coronavirus in Washington state. On Sunday, the U.S. recorded its second death from coronavirus in the state.
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New research on the coronavirus cases in Washington state suggests that the virus may have been spreading through the area for about six weeks, the New York Times reported. This means that between 150 and 1,500 people could be infected with the disease, officially known as COVID-19.

To arrive at that conclusion, two state researchers analyzed the genomes of two coronavirus infections. This included the genome of the state’s first known case, which was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Jan. 20. The unique circumstances and the genetic similarities of both cases led the researchers — Dr. Trevor Bedford of the University of Washington and Dr. Mike Famulare of the Institute for Disease Modeling — to determine that the virus may have been spreading through the community for weeks.

According to the Times, although the two infected people live in the same county, they did not come into contact with each other. In addition, the second case occurred after the first patient would no longer be considered contagious. Nonetheless, in both cases the virus contained a rare genetic variation, which researchers say indicates that it is likely that they are related.



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