The origins of the novel coronavirus and various issues surrounding patient zero have been debated for quite a while now, and the theories continue.
You may remember that not too long ago, we revealed that the World Health Organization’s top Covid official has claimed that a researcher in a lab in Wuhan, China is probably the cause of this terrible outbreak.
As reported by Newsweek, Peter Ben Embarek, who led a mission to investigate the origins of Covid, said the following:
“An employee who was infected in the field by taking samples falls under one of the probable hypotheses. This is where the virus jumps directly from a bat to a human. In that case, it would then be a laboratory worker instead of a random villager or other person who has regular contact with bats. So it is actually in the probable category.”
You should check out our previous article in order to learn more available details that have been related recently about the coronavirus origins.
New theories arise
It’s been just revealed that all the present theories might be heading in the wrong direction, according to an American virologist who addressed Bloomberg.
A recent article addresses the Baishazhou market in Wuhan, which is larger, but perhaps less well-known (internationally, at least) than the Huanan market – you may recall that this is where people initially believed the virus first jumped from wild animals to humans.
“The research team was told only frozen foods, ingredients, and kitchenware were sold there. But a recently released study that had previously languished in publishing limbo showed, thanks to data meticulously collected over 30 months, that at least two vendors there regularly sold live wild animals,” Bloomberg reports as noted by Yahoo’s article.
Bloomberg also noted that one of the earliest recorded COVID-19 clusters in Wuhan involved a Huanan stall employee who used to trade goods back and forth between the two markets.
A link between them would be “very intriguing,” Stephen Goldstein, an evolutionary virology research associate at the University of Utah, told Bloomberg.
The virologist addresses a type of cover-up that experts might have missed so far. You can find out more about all this in Bloomberg notes.