The Coronavirus may have been undetected in Spain for four weeks. This is suggested by the recent deaths and the serious cases that have started to show, taking into account the incubation time and the time it takes to develop serious symptoms.
“The deaths and the more serious cases of the coronavirus are just the tip of the iceberg, which we begin to see now,” says Pere Godoy, president of the Spanish Association of Epidemiology.
The first death in Spain occurred on February 13, a 69-year old man who had been travelling in Nepal.
The coronavirus can easily go undetected upon arrival in a country. The ones who travel more, and who are more likely to contract and transmit the virus are young and middle-aged people.
“They are also the ones who will have milder symptoms and will resort less to the health system,” adds Ignacio López-Goñi, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Navarra.