Wednesday, June 16, 2021

In MA News: earliest COVID-19 cases, solid waste management hearing scheduled

"When did the coronavirus arrive in the United States?

The first infection was confirmed on Jan. 21, 2020, in a resident of Washington State who had recently returned from Wuhan, China. Soon after, experts concluded that the virus had been in the country for weeks.

A study published on Tuesday offers new evidence: Based on an analysis of blood tests, scientists identified seven people in five states who may have been infected well before the first confirmed cases in those states. The results suggest that the virus may have been circulating in Illinois, for example, as early as Dec. 24, 2019, although the first case in that state was confirmed a month later.

But the new study is flawed, some experts said: It did not adequately address the possibility that the antibodies were to coronaviruses that cause common colds, and the results could be a quirk of the tests used. In addition, the researchers also did not have travel information for any of the patients, which might have helped explain the test results."
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"Next week, I'll be chairing the #ENRA hearing on #plastics, #recycling, and waste management. ♻️

More info and forthcoming livestream:

Honored to lead the #ENRA Committee w/ House Chair 
#MApoli #TodayInTheDome #GettingItDone

solid waste management hearing scheduled
solid waste management hearing scheduled

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