Steve Wozniak reiterates claims that he may have contracted COVID-19 while visiting China in December.
The 70-year-old Apple co-founder first spoke out in March, saying he and his wife Janet could have brought the coronavirus to the US when they got back in the country on Jan. 4.
At the time, Wozniak claimed his wife had a "bad cough," but he elaborated on the severity of her symptoms during an interview with TMZ on Thursday.
"We all had symptoms exactly as people described them," Wozniak told the entertainment publication.
Janet coughed up blood and she was tested directly in a US hospital for eight hours and couldn't find anything they tested for. It was so new. & # 39;
& # 39; This was the worst flu of our lives. At first it felt like a bit of a sore throat … [but] at the end of the day I knew this was one of those who stay and turn into laryngitis. & # 39;
"This cough came and it got so hard … I vomited and had diarrhea at the same time."
Wozniak claims the symptoms lasted about three or four weeks before clearing up in February. In March they returned more mildly.
Steve Wozniak reiterates his claims that he and his wife Janet may have contracted COVID-19 while visiting China in December
The Apple co-founder explained the severity of his symptoms in an interview with TMZ
Tech legend has it that he contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the fact that he likely had COVID-19.
I gave my details to the CDC. They came back with nothing. They could care less about my story, talk to me or something. & # 39;
"I said" can I get a test ". They didn't have any tests."
Wozniak was cruising Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore with his wife Janet late last year before stopping in China.
He says he took a selfie with a man who says he is from Wuhan – the city believed to be COVID-19.
The Wozniaks boarded a flight from Hong Kong to the United States on January 4 when they began to cough. They claim that others on board also coughed violently.
"This was the worst flu of our lives": The Wozniaks say they all have symptoms of COVID-19. They are pictured together in July
Airports around the world were full in December, January and February, although the virus was confirmed to be spreading. Pictured: Oakland International Airport on January 5th
"For ages the government and the press have said there was no COVID in the US in early January," Wozniak said, before adding that new research has shown differently.
The first case of COVID-19 wasn't officially reported in the U.S. until January 20, but a new U.S. study by the CDC shows it spread much earlier than it did then.
A study published December 2 found that 39 blood samples taken between December 13 and 16 last year in California, Oregon, and Washington state tested positive for COVID antibodies, meaning the People who gave them had been infected weeks earlier.
The detection is the earliest trace of the virus on US soil, and an additional 67 samples between December 30 and January 17 tested positive in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
It adds to the growing body of evidence that the virus spread thousands of kilometers outside of China long before its existence was recognized. Scientists in Italy say they now have proof that the virus was there in September 2019, traces of it were found in Brazil in November, a French hospital patient had it in his lungs in December and the virus was in the sewage in Spain in January available.
Wozniak tweeted about his illness back in January. He went on to publicly theorize that he was infected with COVID-19 in March
Research published earlier this month shows Americans had COVID antibodies as early as December last year
Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic rages on in the United States.
The US death toll from COVID-19 has now exceeded the number of Americans killed in World War II. The country had its deadliest week in the pandemic to date, and CDC Director Robert Redfield warned that the death toll could continue to rise over the next three months until a vaccine can be widely used.
The death toll rose nearly 16,000 nationwide last week – a 44 percent increase over the past seven days, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
A total of 2,768 Americans died Thursday after climbing above 3,000 for the first time the day before. The average number of deaths reported this week has now passed the peak seen at the height of the pandemic in April.
The number of infections is now also increasing.
Now, more than 15.6 million Americans have tested positive for the virus, and more than 200,000 new infections are registered every day.