Scientists released two extensive studies Saturday that pointed to Wuhan, China as the source of the coronavirus pandemic. These reports, which are approximately 150 pages long, have not been published in any scientific journal.
To find out how the pandemic began, researchers looked at data from a variety of sources. The coronavirus was found in live mammals that were sold at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in 2019 and 2020. Researchers concluded that the virus could have spread twice to people shopping or working at the market. Researchers said that they could not support the alternative hypothesis that the coronavirus was escaped from a Wuhan lab.
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“When you look at all of the evidence together, it’s an extraordinarily clear picture that the pandemic started at the Huanan market,” said Michael WorobeyCo-author of both studies, he is an evolutionary biologist at Arizona University.
Researchers who previously published smaller reports pointing to a similar conclusion, but with less detail, were the authors of the new study.
Map of Wuhan showing Huanan Seafood wholesale market.
Many of the first cases involving Covid-19 were found around the Huanan Market. Hospitals in Wuhan had already discovered dozens of cases if viral pneumonia by December 2019.
Jan. 1, 2020 was the last day of the market. This was also the day that hundreds of thousands left Wuhan to return to their homes for the Lunar New Year. Millions more people fled the city in January, thereby seeding local outbreaks throughout China.
This is a continuing story.
Source: NY Times