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SARS-COV-2 was already spreading in France in late December 2019

OPEN International journal of antimicrobial agents | 7 May 2020

A Deslandes, V Berti, Y Tandjaoui-Lambotte, C Alloui, E Carbonnelle, JR Zahar, S Brichler and Y Cohen
Abstract
The COVID-19 epidemic is believed to have started in late January 2020 in France. We report here a case of a patient hospitalized in December 2019 in our intensive care, of our hospital in the north of Paris, for hemoptysis with no etiological diagnosis and for which RT-PCR was performed retrospectively on the stored respiratory sample which confirmed the diagnosis of COVID-19 infection. Based on this result, it appears that the COVID-19 epidemic started much earlier.
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