Steve Wozniak claims he might be patient zero for US coronavirus, but wife says she has...


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Wozniak tweeted that his wife has a bad cough that started on January 4 when the pair returned from China. With the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the US on January 21, the pair could have been some of the first people to bring the virus to America—but it seems unlikely.

Speaking to USA Today, Janet Wozniak said that she had been diagnosed with a sinus infection after getting checked out.

Wozniak told CNET that the pair were both suffering from a sore throat and coughing on their return from China, which turned into “the worst flu of our lives.” He notified the CDC, but the agency only sent “a boilerplate response" about washing his hands.

“Because we had GI symptoms, it may have been some other virulent flu. Janet was coughing up blood and went to the hospital and they said it was no American flu. We have not been able to get tested in this country. Had our return from SE Asia been today, we'd certainly have been tested and quarantined, with the symptoms we had. But it wasn't treated as important back then,” he said.

Wozniak added that while the patient zero remark was “kind of a joke,” he believes the pair could have had coronavirus because the CDC won’t test them now as it’s past the time period considered for symptoms.

“I think that our GI symptoms would fit some other flu because you rarely hear of that with COVID-19. But there's no way to ruse us out.”

There have been six deaths in the US from the coronavirus, all in Washington state. There are also nine cases in Santa Clara. Wozniak lives in Los Gatos, California.

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Cycloid Torus

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Doubt we will ever know 'patient zero' - no test kits - brilliant.

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Uncle Al

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I'm honestly disappointed at WOZ ..... he never was one to promote such silly self indulgence actions .... I guess that $50 a week paycheck he still receives from Apple just isn't getting him by! LOL

Squid Surprise

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The thing is, we have no idea the % of people who contract Corona and show ZERO symptoms... Those people are just as infectious (possibly more, as they travel unhindered) and obviously will never be tested...

It's very possible they DID have Corona - it's too early to tell. Fortunately, the death rate (so far) from Corona seems to be pretty low... who knows what it will be in a few months...