事緣內地自媒體、甚至環球網等主流媒體日前報道，米蘭醫生、馬力奧尼格里（Mario Negri）藥理研究所主任Giuseppe Remuzzi接受美國公共廣播電台（NPR）時說過，意大利早在去年12月甚至11月時，已發生過非常奇怪的肺炎，狀況非常嚴重，特別是老年患者。
沈旭暉在其fb專頁「堅離地城︰沈旭暉國際生活台 Simon's Glos World」發帖指，「一位手足為了求真，專門發電郵向Dr Remuzzi本人詢問，從這位意大利專家的以下回覆，可明確知道他的原意」。
事實上，日前已有媒體找回Giuseppe Remuzzi接受美媒訪問的原文，他稱，「他們記得見過十分奇怪的肺炎，十分嚴重，主要在老人身上，在12月以至11月（They remember having seen very strange pneumonia， very severe， particularly in old people in December and even November）。」
他續指︰「這意味病毒當時已在傳播，起碼在倫巴底區，在我們發現中國的疫情已爆發前（This means that the virus was circulating， at least in Lombardy and before we were aware of this outbreak occurring in China）。」
沈旭暉國際生活台 Simon's Glos World引述查詢原文
The only thing I said was that some general practitioners candidly told me of having observed a few cases of severe pneumonia already in late November and December, which is not unexpected, since the majority of contagions are coming from asymptomatic people who likely travelled from China before the Chinese authorities communicated that this outbreak had occurred. Attached is my answer to the journalists who have contacted me.
沈旭暉國際生活台 Simon's Glos World引述Giuseppe Remuzzi回覆：
Quoting the answer︰
I repeat, none of these cases have been documented as Covid-19 because there was no evidence yet of the existence of Covid-19.
In any case, we can be certain that the virus emerged in Wuhan first, where it had probably been circulating for some time before it was made public in China, and the genetics confirm this beyond a shadow of a doubt. It arrived in Italy through a German person who had been in contact with a Chinese person, as you can see in the NEJM paper （DOI︰ 10.1056/NEJMc2001468）. The strongest evidence of the fact that the current Covid-19 derives from bats and pangolins is reported in an article in Nature Medicine （https︰//doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-0820-9） recently published, which shows almost identical sequences. Commercial activities using bats and pangolins are very well documented in Wuhan market, which was almost certainly the source of the outbreak. The question now is for how long the virus was circulating in China before health authorities understood the dimension of the problem. Considering the incubation period, I would not be surprised if asymptomatic individuals had been moving around China and travelling abroad in December and maybe even earlier.
In my opinion, there is no doubt that the virus arrived in Italy from China based on genetic studies just reported in Nature Medicine. However, one has to consider the possibility that, rather understandably, the emergence of this unfortunate event in China probably occurred long before health authorities realised it,considering the number of asymptomatic carriers, which isnow extremely well documented in the paper published in Science （DOI︰10.1126/science.abb3221）.
By the way, I think you should probably investigate an event that was organised in Wuhan at the end of October （see attached）. We know from the paper published in Science that 80% of contagions occur through people who are asymptomatic； you can imagine how many people arrived in Italy from Wuhan in that precise period of time.
Please see also a statement by Daniel Lucey, an infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University and the Lancet paper attached.