This last December 2019, this writer had a house guest, an old classmate from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). At least once a year this friend typically visits, often remaining for at least a week if not two. This past December was different from past visits in that he had a horrific dry cough that just didn’t stop—the dry hack would come in waves and it’s as if he couldn’t breathe for moments due to the waves of hacking. At one point in the visit, his cough was so bad that he was offered a trip to the urgent care clinic. He didn’t bother but rumblings of a novel coronavirus materializing in China soon followed in January. Could it be possible that that horrific cough the friend picked up in Los Angeles was in fact the result of the SARS-CoV-2 infection? Ironically, the common bond between this author and the guest from Los Angeles was UCLA. So, it’s a little ironic that UCLA researchers recently released study results suggesting the possibility that COVID-19 had already traveled to Los Angeles by late December 2019, indicating that SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic, was actually present in North America before New Year's Day 2020.
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