COVID-19 was present in Italy since the summer of 2019

Among those who volunteered in experimental cancer therapy, 14% were found to have had antibodies for COVID-19, meaning that the virus was present in Italy since the summer of 2019. [Shutterstock/Viacheslav Lopatin]

COVID-19 was in Italy before the pandemic started to spread across the country in February, according to a study conducted by the National Cancer Institute of Milan. 

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Among those who volunteered in experimental cancer therapy, 14% were found to have had antibodies for COVID-19, meaning that the virus was present in Italy since the summer of 2019.

Those who tested positive came from 13 different Italian regions, the majority of whom were from Lombardy.

In 2019, some doctors said they had discovered a more aggressive form of flu that seriously affected older people and those with respiratory problems. (Alessandro Follis | EURACTIV.it)

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