Certain stories born with the pandemic, even those that seem closed like that of the Chinese couple who were hospitalized and saved by the doctors of Spallanzani in Rome, can suddenly reopen. And here, more than a year after their resignation, the news emerges that the circulating viral strain a Vo’ Euganeo (Padua) at the beginning of the pandemic is identical to that of two Chinese tourists. The University of Padua discovered that the zero patients in Veneto were them. It was in Vo ‘he resided Adriano Trevisan, the 77-year-old first Italian victim of the pandemic.
The researchers led by Andrea Crisanti, as reported by Corriere del Veneto, are certain that these are the two Chinese tourists, a 66-year-old and his 65-year-old wife from Wuhan, who in January last year they landed at Malpensa airport with a group of compatriots for a vacation in Italy. Among the first stages of their journey there was precisely the Veneto and here they came into contact with the person, according to the researchers, who then infected dozens of inhabitants of the Euganean country.
The discovery was communicated by Crisanti himself to the mayor of Vo ‘Giuliano Martini. By analyzing the blood samples of the Chinese couple and comparing them with those of the inhabitants of Vo ‘, a close correlation was established. For this reason, the mayor wanted to launch an appeal, aimed in particular at the residents who fell ill first, between February and May 2020. “We ask these people – says Martini – to try to remember if they have had contact with the cities of Venice, Verona or Parma in the days from 23 to 27 January 2020. Any contact can be important, even indirect “.
Now, for Crisanti, “we really don’t miss”to rebuild the entire transmission chain. From our studies the beginning of the infections in Vo ‘dates back to the first week of February – he explains – therefore several days after the discovery of the positivity of the two Chinese “. There is therefore a missing link: someone, directly connected to the Paduan town, who would be infected without realizing it because of the couple. And it is to him that with the mayor’s appeal they try to reach.
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