Chinese Researchers Isolated Deadly Bat Coronaviruses Near Wuhan Animal Market; Rasing The Possibility That COVID-19 Was Unwittingly Spread By An Infected Lab Worker From A Biosecurity Facility That Lacked Adequate/Proper Security Protocols
The title above is from Bill Gertz’s March 30, 2020 article he posted to the Washington Times. For Mr. Gertz’s full article, I refer you to the Washington Times. Mr. Gertz writes that “Chinese researchers isolated more than 2,000 animal viruses, including deadly bat coronaviruses, and carried out specific work on them — just three miles from a wild animal market in the city of Wuhan — ground zero/epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak.”
“While the exact origin of the virus remains a mystery,” by Mr. Gertz notes, compelling research by an international team of scientists from the U.S., the U.K., and Australia — working for the Scripps Institute — strongly indicates that the virus originated from infected bats, that were likely being sold in one of the many open-air animal/fish/fowl markets in Wuhan and throughout China — that are grotesquely unsanitary.
But, as Mr. Gertz notes, there is suspicion among some shcolars, scientists and others. that COVID19 “may have been under study in a Chinese laboratory and escaped, either through an infected worker, or through an infected lab animal.”
“Biosecurity researcher Richard Ebright a Rutgers University professor at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, said the coronavirus behind the pandemic is 96.2 percent similar to a bat virus discovered by the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2013, and studied at the Wuhan CDC,” Mr. Gertz wrote. “The virus could have jumped from animal to human; but, could also have escaped from the lab.”
“Bat coronavuses are collected and studied by laboratories in multiple parts of China — including the Wuhan Municipal CDC and the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” professor Ebright told the Washington Times. “Therefore the first human infection could have also occured due to a laboratory accident.”
“Until the recent outbreak, all but two coronaviruses studied in China were studied at bio-safety level 2 (BSL-2) facilities — not the high security BSL-4 labortatory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Mr. Gertz wrote — “which provides only minimal protections against infection of lab workers,” professor Ebright said.
“Virus collection, isolation, culture or animal infection at a BSL-2 laboratory — with a virus having the transmission characteristics of COVID-19, would pose high-risk of infection of a lab worker, and from the lab worker, to the public,” professor Ebright said.
The bottom line is that this coronavirus most likely came from an infected bat. The question is, did it originate at one of the open-air fish/fowl/animal markets in Wuhan and throughout China; or, did an infected lab worker unwittingly become infected and thus spread the infection to the public. I wrote yesterday that I thought there was compellng evidence that the virus originated in one of these open-air marktes; but, now I am much less certain. There is a distinct possibility that this coronavirus was inadverntly/unwittingly spread by an infected lab worker who may have been asymptomatic at the time — and unknowingly spread the virus to his family, friends and others. Regardless, these open-air fish/fowl/animal markets are a cesspool, and incubator for these deadly virues and they should be shutdown. The other clear fact is that this virus originated in Wuhan — either in the lab or one of these markets.
China has a lot to answer for; and, a reckoning is coming. RCP, fortunascorner.com