A paper by Chinese researchers that has been available for several months is getting a second look as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads.
Researchers who published the paper back in February believe that they may have found the source of the coronavirus–the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention or the Wuhan Institute of Virology who were both conducting research on coronavirus in horseshoe bats.
It has been well-known that bats have been the source of coronaviruses that can spread to humans. Horseshoe bats were the source of the SARS outbreak in 2002.
The two researchers are clear that they are making a claim that it’s possible that the coronavirus originated from the WCDCP or the WIV, and not a statement of fact. The evidence that they provide is compelling, however.
The scientists claim that one employee from the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention had to quarantine himself a copule of times because he was exposed to bodily fluids from the bats. In one instance, he had been “attacked by bats and the blood of a bat (was) shot on his skin”, recognizing the danger, he quarantined himself for 14 days. “In another accident, he quarantined himself again because bats (urinated) on him.”
Scientists from South China University of Technology in Guangzhou wrote and published a paper speculating that a centre for disease control near a Wuhan seafood market may be ground zero for the virus.
Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao wrote that the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention was the possible source because it “hosted animals in laboratories for research purposes”, including bats, and was “within 280 metres of the Huanan Seafood Market where a number of early infections were reported”.
In the paper, titled The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus, researchers explained that “41 people in Wuhan were found to have the acute respiratory syndrome and 27 of them had contact with Huanan Seafood Market”.
But what about those “wet markets”? It appears that the horseshoe bats were not available for purchase at the Wuhan wet market, nor did they have any colonies within 900 km of Wuhan. The only horseshoe bats in the area seem to be the ones from the two research facilities.
They wrote: “According to municipal reports and the testimonies of 31 residents and 28 visitors, the bat was never a food source in the city, and no bat was traded in the market.”
The research facility was also adjacent to the Union Hospital where the first group of doctors were infected.
Tucker Carlson mentioned the same research on Tuesday evening noting that the claims written in the paper have not been verified. (As an added bonus, he dunks on the World Health Organization for being shills for China.)
This is all speculation, but which source do you think is the most likely one?