More evidence coronavirus had spread to the West BEFORE China came clean: LA doctors find evidence it may have been circulating in US MONTHS earlier than first reported case – Daily Mail

UCLA researchers analyzed more than 10 million patient records for visits to Los  Angeles hospitals between December and February 

They saw 50% increase for visits for ‘coughing’ compared to the average number seen in the same period during the prior five years 

At least 18 more people were hospitalized for respiratory failure than in a typical year 

LA’s first case of COVID-19 was identified at LAX on January 26, and a second wasn’t found for another five weeks 

The new research suggests that the virus might have been in LA months earlier, before it made people sick enough to trigger the December uptick in ER visits