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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has claimed that he and his wife Janet maybe "patient zero" for novel coronavirus in US.

The tech entrepreneur revealed that after returning from China in January, Janet has been suffering from a "bad cough". "Checking out Janet’s bad cough. Started Jan. 4. We had just returned from China and may have both been patient zero in U.S. (@ West Coast Sports Institute in Santa Clara, CA)," Wozniak tweeted.

However, the tweet didn't seem to hold any ground as USA Today reported that the tech enterpreneur's wife told the publication that she was not suffering from the virus. She went on to say that the coughing was related to her sinus infection — not a case of COVID-19 as he originally thought.

Moreover, the publication also quoted Apple co-founder describing the experience as "the worst flu of our lives."

"We canceled everything else to head home, but I couldn't move out of bed for two days. I did tell everyone that I was sick and stayed away from almost all in Vegas," Wozniak told USA Today.

He also added that his wife was "coughing up blood and went to the hospital and they said it was no American flu" and had there been any complications post-returning from Southeast Asia they would have certainly been tested and quarantined.

"There was no test for this COVID-19 then. Eventually, they did have a test, but you could only get it done through the CDC and they wouldn’t test people like myself and Janet, who were well past symptoms," he told the publication.

However, with the tweet that got people in panic mode over Twitter and otherwise, Wozniak clarified that the "patient zero" context was "kind of a joke."

The novel coronavirus, which originated from China's Wuham city, has killed more than 3,100 people across the world, most of them being in China, with six casualties in the United States currently. In India, the total number of confirmed cases currently is at six.

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