New Study: Coronavirus Was Present in Waste Water Samples Taken in Italian Cities in Mid-December

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Employees work in a research and development lab of Beijing Applied Biological Technologies, a firm which is developing COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test kits, during a government organized tour for journalists in Beijing, Thursday, May 14, 2020. China reported three new coronavirus cases Thursday while moving to reopen for business and schools. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)


Bloomberg News reports that a new study from the ISS, Italy’s Institute of Public Health, found that the coronavirus was present in waste water samples taken from Milan and Turin sewage systems in mid-December. This was two months before the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the country.

Giuseppina La Rosa, who led the ISS research team said, “Traces of SARS-Cov-2 have been found in samples of waste water taken in Milan and Turin on December 18 and in Bologna on January 29.” He added that, “More traces were detected in other test samples through January and February.”

These tests have been conducted regularly by ISS’s environment and health department since 2007.

According to Bloomberg:

Overall, 40 samples were analyzed from October 2019 to February 2020 with an additional 24 from September 2018 through June 2019 used as controls.

Hospital tests in the coastal region of Liguria have also indicated the likelihood that the virus was present in the country at the end of last year, Italian newspapers have reported. Italy’s earliest reported domestic virus cases have been linked to a man who sought treatment in mid-February of this year, though some people arriving from abroad had been diagnosed with the disease earlier in the winter.

The results are consistent with similar tests carried out on waste water in Barcelona and with clinical tests on patients hospitalized in France, which showed biological traces of the virus as early as last December.


La Rosa told Bloomberg that “the new ISS study may contribute to shedding light on the first phase of the virus’s circulation in Italy.”

As one Twitter user notes below, if the coronavirus was detected in waste water samples on December 18, the virus had to have reached Italy in early December.

This new information corroborates what the world already knew – that China lied to the world.



H/T: Greg P., Twitchy


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