Researchers have discovered that the Kovid 19 virus existed in Spain nine months before it was identified in China. With this latest discovery, there has been a lot of talk about whether the virus could have spread more than scientists previously predicted.
A team of researchers at the University of Barcelona announced yesterday that they had discovered the corona virus in a wastewater sample collected by researchers in Barcelona, Spain.
As the new corona virus spreads around the world, a team of researchers at the University of Barcelona has begun research into the latest possible effects of the virus. That is through testing the wastewater they collect.
Researchers have found components of the corona virus in a wastewater sample taken 41 days before the first case of a corona patient was reported in Spain on January 15.
With this discovery, the researchers decided to test the wastewater samples collected between January 2018 and December 2019, taking their research to a new level. The samples taken from Barcelona on March 21, 2019 were found to contain components of the corona virus.
Commenting on the research, team leader Albot Bosch said the samples contained very low levels of the Covid 19 virus in the wastewater sample. According to the researchers, this is evidence that the Kovid 19 epidemic was reported in Wuhan, China last December, nine months before it was reported.
However, Reuters reports that the research team has taken steps to submit a report on the latest findings for a peer-reviewed review.