Researchers Call the First Sufferers of Covid-19 Wuhan Traders, Viruses Not from Labs?

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Researchers from the University of Arizona, USA, Michael Worobey, stated that the case of Covid-19 The first known was a market trader in the city of Wuhan, not an accountant who appeared to have no ties to the market but his case contributed to speculation that the virus could have leaked from the laboratory.

The origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 remains a mystery and a major source of tension between China and China United States of America. The new analysis by the researcher does not provide a definitive answer to that question.

A joint study by China and the World Health Organization (WHO) this year ruled out the theory that Covid-19 originated in a laboratory, saying the most likely hypothesis is that the virus infects humans naturally, perhaps through the wildlife trade.

The WHO-led team of experts spent four weeks in and around the central city of Wuhan with Chinese scientists and said in a joint report in March that the SARS-CoV-2 virus may have been transmitted from bats to humans via other animals.

The accountant who is widely considered to be the first person with Covid-19, when interviewed, said his first symptoms appeared on December 16, 2019, several days later than reported, said Michael Worobey, head of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, in the comments section. in the journal Science, Thursday, November 18, 2021.

“The onset of symptoms followed several cases in workers at Huanan Market, making a female seafood vendor there the earliest known case, with symptoms of illness starting on December 11,” Worobey said in the article.

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He said most of the early symptomatic cases were market-linked, particularly to the west where the raccoons are locked up, providing strong evidence of the pandemic coming from live animal markets.

Worobey is among 18 scientists who have written to Science in May 2021 which called for an investigation into whether the source of the virus could be a laboratory accident.

WHO last month proposed a new panel of experts to investigate the source of the coronavirus.

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