I know this will be the third active thread about COVID 19, but I feel like it is an interesting enough topic to warrant its own thread.
It is well-documented by now that West Virginia is the final state in the United States without a positive case of SARS-CoV 2. This is fascinating because nearly every bordering state had its first positive case at least a week ago. As of yesterday, March 14th, 39 total people in the state of WV had been tested. 38 tests came back negative, 1 is still pending. You can track this here.
I am unsure what the ratio of positive tests to total tests is but feel as if running 39 tests and getting none back positive despite how contagious this disease is is crazy. Even towns like Morgantown and Huntington that sit right on the borders of two states and have students from other states have yet to have a positive case.
This brings me to my point: did a form of coronavirus already get passed through parts of Appalachia? People got to talking about the lack of cases in West Virginia and brought up this flu season. Supposedly, a doctor said it was unlike anything they had ever seen before. People were showing up with everything that points to having the flu but not testing positive for the flu. People were not getting better because doctors simply did not know how to treat them. Over the summer, I had this upper respiratory thing that took months to get over. I was on an inhaler at one point, went through multiple rounds of antibiotics, and experienced symptoms that I had never once experienced in my entire life with any other sickness but did not have the flu. One doctor was so befuddled she tried to say that it might be the difference in air quality between my hometown of Lewisburg and Huntington, where I go to college. This did not make sense, though, as I had already been in Huntington for nearly three years.
I understand the flu is different every year, and this year's strand might have really been the flu, just one a lot different than previous years. The longer this state goes without positive cases, though, the more curious I get. Would someone who got a different strand of coronavirus be more immune to this strand, or, since they are different strands, does it not matter? I actually do not know, so I would appreciate someone with more knowledge of the topic to inform me. Additionally, WV was the last state to get swine flu back in 2009, but, when it hit, it hit, so it is still entirely possible for COVID 19 to run rampant throughout here. Hospitals in Charleston and Huntington are receiving 300 rapid testing kits each this week, so we should see an uptick in positive cases as I find it hard to believe there are not ANY positive cases out there. I am still just perplexed by the fact that there have not been any yet.
Can anyone else, WV or just Appalachia, attest to this? Am I just bored and trying to create crazy conspiracy theories because I do not have sports to entertain me? Feel free to discuss in the comments!