Investigators all over the world want to know how the SARS-CoV-2 virus — whose closest known relative came from bats 1,000 miles away — spread explosively in Wuhan before causing the worst contagion in more than a century.
Governments and media outlets all around are trying to find out how this pandemic developed. China is facing many questions and criticism. China faces many questions about the origin of the coronavirus and the development of the outbreak.
Scientists are probing the origins of the coronavirus in China. They recently wrapped up lengthy investigation in China and have found “important clues” about a Wuhan seafood market’s role in the outbreak.
Peter Daszak, a New York-based zoologist assisting the World Health Organization-sponsored mission said, “he anticipates the main findings will be released before his planned Feb. 10 departure. Speaking from the central city of Wuhan, where Covid-19 mushroomed in December 2019, Daszak said the 14-member group worked with experts in China and visited key hot spots and research centres to uncover “some real clues about what happened.”
Daszak is one of 10 independent experts assisting the WHO mission. The agency also has five staff members participating, and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health have two each.
He said over Zoom late Friday, “It’s the beginning of hopefully a really deep understanding of what happened so we can stop the next one. That’s what this is all about — trying to understand why these things emerge so we don’t continually have global economic crashes and horrific mortality while we wait for vaccines. It’s just not a tenable future.”
In May the WHO was asked to help “identify the zoonotic source of the virus and the route of introduction to the human population, including the possible role of intermediate hosts.”
Worldwide, Covid-19 has caused more than 105.7 million infections and 2.3 million deaths.
Scientists Lab Theory
The lack of a clear pathway from bats to humans has stoked speculation. Daszak and many other scientists thinks that the virus might have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a maximum bio-containment laboratory studying bat-borne coronaviruses.
Scientists visited the lab and asked Shi Zhengli, who has collected and analysed these viruses for more than a decade, about the research and the earliest known coronavirus cases.
Daszak said, “We really have to cover the whole spectrum of key lines of investigation. To be fair to our hosts here in China, they’ve been doing the same for the last few months. They’ve been working behind the scenes, digging up the information, looking at it and getting it ready.”
He said, the work has been “collaborative,” with Chinese counterparts helping mission investigators dig deeper for clues.
“We sat down with them every single day and went through information, new data, and then said we want to go to the key places,” the British scientist said. “They asked for a list. We suggested where we should go and the people we should meet. We went to every place on that list and they were really forthcoming with that.”
Americans take on China’s role in the spread of Coronavirus
Around two-thirds of Americans (64%) say China has done a bad job dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. Around three-quarters (78%) place a great deal or fair amount of the blame for the global spread of the coronavirus on the Chinese government’s initial handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan.
More Americans also think the U.S. should hold China responsible for the role it played in the outbreak of the coronavirus (50%) than think this should be overlooked in order to maintain strong bilateral economic ties (38%).