Why France Is on a Mission to Find Patient Zero

Scientists say the virus may have been in the country much earlier than anyone thought

Researchers in the city of Colmar in northeastern France recently announced they identified two X-rays from November 16 and November 18, 2019, that show symptoms they say are consistent with the coronavirus. The scans were shared with NBC News, and you can see them here.

The cases are not yet confirmed, but it’s the second group of scientists in the country to look for very early…




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Health and science journalist. Former editor of Medium’s Covid-19 Blog and deputy editor at Elemental. TIME Magazine writer before that

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