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Covid-19 Started in Italy, in September 2019, Not in China in December

Eric Zuesse

The covid-19, or coronavirus-19, virus didn’t start in Wuhan China in December 2019, as has been widely reported till now. This new or “novel” virus was first infecting people in Italy, by no later than September 2019, according to researchers at the Italian Association for Cancer Research, and published on November 11th, as Current Research, by the National Tumors Institute of the Italian Ministry of Health.

This study is titled “Unexpected detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the pre-pandemic period in Italy”. It reports that:

“The first surge of positive cases was identified in September-October 2019. Evaluation of anti-SARS-CoV-2 functional NAbs identified positive samples in CPE-based microneutralization tests already collected in October 2019. Given the temporal delay between infection and antibody synthesis, these results indicate that the virus circulated in Italy well before the detection of the declared index patient in February 2020. In addition, most of the first antibody-positive individuals lived in regions where the pandemic started.”

In other words: though the first officially noticed covid-19-infected Italians were in February 2020, there had been covid-19-infected people in Italy starting by no later than September 2019. Consequently, one reason why Italy was one of the three most covid-19-infected nations as early as 1 March 2020 (right behind China and South Korea), might be that China and South Korea were the first two countries that noticed this new virus. On 31 January 2020, Italy suspended all flights to and from China and declared a state of emergency, but 26 February 2020 was the first date when Italy reported covid-19 cases, and there were already 147 in Italy on that date. The Italian Government explained its sudden cessation of air-flights by saying that a Chinese couple from Wuhan had arrived in Italy on January 23rd and became diagnosed with the new disease on January 30th. China had started reporting cases already a month earlier, on 23 January 2020: 259 of them. Within two weeks thereafter, China’s leaders established total  lockdown and intensive nationwide searches to find possible cases that they had previously missed; so, on February 12th, there was an enormous spike in China’s known cases, 14,108 of them, reported on that date. That number declined down to 573 new daily cases on February 29th. No number even close to that number (573) has been reported after that date in China.

Two weeks after 1 March, on 15 March 2020, Italy had by far the world’s highest intensity of coronavirus infections as calculated at that time, at the rate of 409.3 cases per million residents, and China had 56.2 cases per million. (U.S. had 11.1 per million.) However, the tiny nation of San Marino, which is surrounded within Italy, had 109 total cases, and only 34,232 population (which was too small for that nation to have been included among the ones which were then being calculated); so, that’s a per-million rate of 3,184 infections per million, which was actually (and by far) the world’s highest rate of covid-infections, at that time. Consequently: the first person who became infected by this virus could well have been a San Marinan, instead of an Italian.

As more research is done, regarding this virus, the actual geographical source of it could turn out to be any country, because international travel and tourism are now commonplace, which was not formerly so. Maybe the Italian cases in September 2019 had resulted from a foreign visitor, instead of from an Italian. In the future, global pandemics will likely be far more frequent than in earlier history, but technology (such as vaccines) and the world adjusts so that there might not be a higher percentage of the global population dying from plagues than has been so in the past. Making predictions on the basis of the latest prior mega-pandemic, which was the Spanish flu of 1918-1920, might not be entirely appropriate. The Spanish flu most likely started in America, not in Spain, but, according to Wikipedia, “To maintain morale, World War I censors minimized these early reports. Newspapers were free to report the epidemic’s effects in neutral Spain, such as the grave illness of King Alfonso XIII, and these stories created a false impression of Spain as especially hard hit. This gave rise to the name ‘Spanish’ flu. Historical and epidemiological data are inadequate to identify with certainty the pandemic’s geographic origin, with varying views as to its location.” In other words, what the masses of the public believe at any given time can be shaped by the government and by its newspapers and broadcasters, simply by hiding facts that the people who actually control the country don’t want the public to know. Censorship is the core of dictatorship, and almost all countries are actually dictatorships, but the news-media there censor-out that fact, instead of publishing it. So, the reality of censorship is, itself, hidden from the public, in order for the people who control the government to control the masses so that the nation can be called a “democracy.” That’s important for them to do in order to minimize the percentage of the population they’ll need to imprison. However, the United States already has a higher percentage of its residents in prison than does any other country; and, so, its news-media are especially highly censored, in order to be able to prevent an outright revolution. Forcing both the body and the mind could turn out to be too much, but apparently the individuals who are in control feel they need to go that far, in order to remain in control.

But, regardless, any politician who calls covid-19 “the Wuhan virus” or “the China virus” is expressing that person’s agenda, instead of anything about reality, since the actual first case of this disease could have appeared anywhere.

(NOTE: The “gain-of-function” hypotheses, and evidence of Chinese bio-warfare research being funded by the Pentagon and participated in by Canada, do raise questions, which should be answered; but more basic than whether this virus was natural or instead man-made, is precisely where and how it first got released out into the public. We don’t yet really know the answer even to that extremely important question — a question which must be answered BEFORE one can even begin to address the question of whether that event was natural or instead military. This is the basic question, and its answer is still unknown. It’s the first question that must be answered before anything else can become known about how the global pandemic started.)

However, questions are being raised about the study that the Italian Government published on November 11th. On November 16th, a reporter, for the Italian-language edition of Wired, headlined “Doubts about the study that says the coronavirus arrived in Italy in 2019” or “I dubbi sullo studio che dice che il coronavirus è arrivato in Italia nel 2019″ and said that, “even if experts are quite inclined to believe that the new virus circulated well before its official recognition, they do discuss the conclusions of a study by the National Cancer Institute of Milan (Int): from analyzes on 959 samples of healthy people, collected before the outbreak of the epidemic in Italy, it was found that over 10% seem to have antibodies against Sars-Cov-2.”

In other words: The scientific world doesn’t know whether what U.S. President Trump calls “the Wuhan virus” and “the China virus” is actually the Italian Virus, or the San Marino virus — or, perhaps, from some other country, as its originating source. Lots more research needs to be done, before such a question can be answered — if it ever can be answered.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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oldandjaded
November 16, 2020

But there were Covid leaks well before that in China. Its time to turn away from ideology and grasp certain unpleasant facts. Covid was a co-operative effort between the five eyes and China, including my own beloved Canada. Yes, the implications of that, especially in light of the fact that Russia, the last truly independant major nation-state left is moving closer to the Chinese trojan horse, are terrifying, but the facts are absolutely clear on this, the development of Covid was a co-operative effort between, at the very least, The US, Canada, Australia and China. Theres a paper trail in… Read more »

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oldandjaded
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
November 17, 2020

I also don’t see it as “military” per-se. As a weapon in the conventional sense, its near useless, the mortality rate for those that do not have pre-existing conditions is statistically zero. I see it as a geo-political weapon, in that context, it is incredibly effective.

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Luka-The-K9
Reply to  oldandjaded
November 17, 2020
oldandjaded
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
November 17, 2020

I don’t accept that it “started” in Italy, I feel that was one of several places where it first became fully manifest. It really took off quickly in Italy due to a confluence of several factors, a demographically older population, high rates of tobacco use, and especially in the North, long term exposure to higher levels of industrial air pollution. Lets see if I can attach an image here.
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Interesting, but......
Interesting, but......
Reply to  oldandjaded
November 16, 2020

To what purpose, exactly?

oldandjaded
Reply to  Interesting, but......
November 17, 2020

Fear, combined with infantilization engenders a feeling of helplessness and confusion, which is necessary to prepare the population for a shift to a supra-national corporate fascism.

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Helen B
Helen B
Reply to  oldandjaded
November 16, 2020

Traces showed up in the sewage samples of countries much earlier than even the date stated here. Globally, that might be the best way to track where it began.

oldandjaded
Reply to  Helen B
November 17, 2020

I agree. While I think it was intentionally released in the US, China, Iran and Italy more or less concurrently, and this is what we see the media reporting as “the beginning of the “pandemic” in the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020, there is reason to believe that it was out there before that. I think that the differences in rate of spread/death AFTER it was released is due to differences in demographics (age/tobacco use/general health) and environmental (air pollution, poverty and health care) conditions in the respective countries where it was released.

Sue Rarick
Reply to  oldandjaded
November 17, 2020

I wouldn’t be too concerned about Russia getting close to China – they really have never trusted China and like in WW2 need to cover their butt to the east when the main problem is from the West (NATO) especially with the new crew.

oldandjaded
Reply to  Sue Rarick
November 17, 2020

I hope you are right, as Russia is basically the only major country that is not under the heel of the IMF, and capable of surviving without anything from outsdie their borders. I see Putin as having spent the last 20 years deliberately setting this up. He sees whats coming, saw it a long time ago. Daniel Estulin made reference to him being an agent of MI6 before he came to power, and being set up for assassination in England, and claims that this was a major awakening for him.

oldandjaded
Reply to  oldandjaded
November 17, 2020

I have looked into immigrating to western Russia as my first choice, actually looked into it several months ago before this latest horrendous shitshow started, as a retiree, its near impossible, which leaves me with Vietnam as a second choice, and this is as easy as getting on a plane for us, my wife has dual citizenship. There are VERY few countries that are NOT under the heel of the UN dictatorship, the choices are limited indeed. We could sell up here, buy a large piece of property in the central highlands and still retire with about 1.2 mill CDN,… Read more »

Sue Rarick
Reply to  oldandjaded
November 18, 2020

I’m posting a link to a channel where the two men have been exiled out of China and have spent a lot of time riding around Vietnam. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwNPa8fSXzzAZuT9859GVhg) . When I worked in Atlantic City one of my friends were from North Vietnam, very nice people. Me and my 2 brothers spent time in Vietnam during the war. Still found the people nice. Russia is very hard to get into and live and work. As a retiree you probably would be better off in the South although I was stationed in Nah Trang and it had some of the finest… Read more »

Wesaf
Wesaf
Reply to  Sue Rarick
November 18, 2020

Sorry Sue Russia is a very easy country to get into easy to live in and plenty of work. Trouble seems to be to many want to change it that is not tolerated the Russians will do the changing when they want.

Sue Rarick
Reply to  Wesaf
November 18, 2020

We were talking about citizenship and retirement. Not work visas. So it may be apples and oranges.

Wesaf
Wesaf
Reply to  oldandjaded
November 18, 2020

Hallo young fellow so please tell me why the 2 Doctors got struck off for signing death certs as covid Iam not sure but sounds like Texas around early 2000 or is this just CNN type news.

Amber Dekstris
Amber Dekstris
Reply to  oldandjaded
November 18, 2020

What was Australia’s contribution, in your opinion?

Culture of Outrage
Culture of Outrage
November 19, 2020

Yes, they had a nice big fat 5G rollout in Italy right around that time.
There was one in China as well.

Culture of Outrage
Culture of Outrage
November 19, 2020

Can 5G temporarily disable the immune system?
Can it access the blood stream?
Do large pandemics coincide with new technologies
such as radio and radar?

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