Authorities say finding ‘patient zero’ would help answer crucial questions about the origin of the coronavirus. Photo: BloombergAuthorities say finding ‘patient zero’ would help answer crucial questions about the origin of the coronavirus. Photo: Bloomberg
Authorities say finding ‘patient zero’ would help answer crucial questions about the origin of the coronavirus. Photo: Bloomberg

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Coronavirus: the hunt for ‘patient zero’ – and why the world’s health may depend on it

  • Identifying first person infected would help answer crucial questions about the virus and possibly prevent future outbreaks
  • But as time passes, tracking down the index case grows increasingly difficult
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Authorities say finding ‘patient zero’ would help answer crucial questions about the origin of the coronavirus. Photo: BloombergAuthorities say finding ‘patient zero’ would help answer crucial questions about the origin of the coronavirus. Photo: Bloomberg
Authorities say finding ‘patient zero’ would help answer crucial questions about the origin of the coronavirus. Photo: Bloomberg
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