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Was Apple Co-Founder Virus Patient Zero?

See our Virus Timeline for updates. The strangest news we heard today is that Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak thought he and his wife, Janet Hill may both be patient zero in bringing the coronavirus (COVID-19) to the United States.

Steve Wozniak and wife Janet Hill

When they came back from China on January 4, he tweeted that Janet had a terrible cough and was checked out at West Coast Sports Institute, a clinic in Santa Clara, California. Doctors reportedly told her she just had a sinus infection at the time. The 69-year-old millionaire tech entrepreneur said the CDC sent him “a boilerplate response” about washing his hands.

She was coughing up blood and they were told it was no US illness, but there was no Covid-19 test at that time. He described it as “the worst flu of our lives … 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.”

He reported a relapse of symptoms in March, so will they finally get the tests they wanted months ago?

Was Apple Co-founder Patient Zero for USA?

It has been more than a week since he tweeted that he expected to be better tomorrow. As of today, March 16, 2020, many people are still awaiting an update.

Mr. Wozniak made a couple of appearances in Las Vegas right after the trip but had to cancel others because he had lost his voice. The White House, Google and others have cancelled conferences slated to take place in Sin City in March according to

Cnet had this story on March 2nd, 2020. The USA Today article appeared on the 2nd as well. The New York Post had it on March 3rd.

Check @stevewoz on Twitter for updates or this web page on True Strange News.

The Woz web site has no health update for the couple we could find on 3/17/2020.

The reinfection capability of Covid-19 is not known at this time. There are a few reports of re-infection, but some experts say these are cases where the virus just remained and was not cleared.

Last week, the Japanese government reported that a woman in her 40s, who had been working as a tour bus guide, had been re-infected with the coronavirus, testing positive after having recovered from an earlier infection. The woman, a resident of Osaka in western Japan, first tested positive for the virus in late January but was discharged from the hospital after recovering. She tested positive again on Feb. 26 after developing a sore throat and chest pains, the government said in a statement. (MSN)

In the case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), researchers found the antibodies to protect against the virus were gone in as little as six months according to Stanley Perlman, a coronavirus expert at the University of Iowa. That’s not good but a window of only one month immunity is really bad.

Update: After tweeting “Too painfully sick today…” on 3/8/2020, Steve Wozniak sent out another tweet on 3/23 to say “We consider our car as an extension of our home. We charge at home and somedays we take short drives, with our dogs, without stops (@ Woz Home in Los Gatos, CA)”

Honestly, this seems like an automated tweet, one that may even have been scripted to fire off before the virus was known. It is quite strange to have not single mention of the virus. This could be in reference to the stay at home orders, but we are not entirely reassured by this tweet. Are Steve and his wife back to health now?


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