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How Early Was COVID Spreading in Illinois?


For many of us, 2020 has been a blur. It seems that time can be measured by two eras: the 'before the pandemic times' and 'after the pandemic times.' The first case of coronavirus was reported here in Illinois on January 24. 

We’ve come along way since then and hindsight is 2020. Some recent studies indicate that the virus may have been circulating around the country earlier than we previously thought, and much earlier than lockdown measures were put in place. 

The 21st spoke to a Network Science PhD Student at Northeastern University and an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign about how early coronavirus started spreading in Illinois. 


Becky Smith, epidemiologist and Associate Professor of Pathobiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jessica Davis, Network Science PhD Student, MOBS Lab, at Northeastern University (Boston)


Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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