LONDON — French scientists say they may have identified a possible case of the new coronavirus dating back to December.
That was about a month before the first cases were officially confirmed in Europe.
In a study published on Sunday, doctors at a hospital north of Paris reviewed the medical records and samples of 14 patients admitted for atypical pneumonia between early December and mid-January. Among those was a 42-year-old fishmonger who had lived in France for years and had no recent travel history.
He was admitted to the hospital with symptoms doctors say were consistent with COVID-19 patients in China and Italy.