Is it possible to discover the immigration status of the first patient(s) who brought the coronavirus back with them (to the U. S. from Wuhan)? I didn't know where to begin looking, especially when HIPAA laws are in place. Perhaps via a FOIA request?
Almost certainly not, for the following reasons:
- This will very likely be a violation of privacy laws in nearly every state.
- Given the high number of cases with no or mild symptoms, how do you prove who brought the disease into the US with any degree of confidence?
- There have been outbreaks in many countries before the disease arrived in the US. How can you prove that the first US case didn't come from any of these places?
- Health care is very decentralised in the US, and it is in itself brings questions as to the precision of US-wide data.