At least two US residents died from the coronavirus, long before officially announced the first death. On the 22nd of April, said the head of the health Department of the County of Santa Clara, California Sarah Cody, writes the Los Angeles Times.
The study of the tissues of several deaths in the area have established the presence of SARS-CoV-2 a 57-year-old woman, who died on 6 February, and the men 69 years, who died 17 Feb.
Previously, the government considered the first victim of the epidemic in the United States a man who died February 29, in the suburbs of Seattle.
The newspaper contacted the relatives of a woman who died 6 Feb. Her name was Patricia Dowd, she worked as a Manager in a company producing semiconductors. At the end of January, she felt bad. Then as Dowd has improved, but one morning, the daughter found her dead. Cause of death called heart attack on the background of complications of influenza.
Relatives had suspicions that Patricia died from COVID-19, as soon as the country became more and more knowledgeable about the disease. Cousin of the deceased Jeff Macias told the Los Angeles Times that his sister probably was not the first sick. She often traveled and talked with many people.
Flash coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. March 11, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University on April 23, the total number of infected people in the world reached a total of 2.65 million, of which 184,6 thousand died, more than 721 thousand recovered.