Genetic sleuths flesh out the story of how coronavirus got its start in Washington

Published Sep 10 2020 at 10:48 PM GMT
  • Detailed genetic analyses of the strains of virus that cause COVID-19 suggest that the outbreak took hold in Washington state in late January or early February, but went undetected for weeks.
  • That’s the upshot of two studies published by the journal Science, based on separate efforts to trace the genetic fingerprints of the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2.
  • The studies draw upon analyses of more than 10,000 samples collected in the Puget Sound region as part of the Seattle Flu Study during the early we.



  • Published Sep 10, 2020 10:48 PM GMT