A report from The Wall Street Journal says the origin of Covid-19 may remain a mystery forever.
In interview With bat experts, including Linfa Wang, a professor in the emerging infectious diseases program at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, the paper describes the ongoing hunt for where the coronavirus began.
According to Wang, scientists all over the world may never succeed.
Based on email obtained by The Washington Post in June, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci spoke to a scientist in early January 2020 about the possibility that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes disease Covid, has been engineered in the laboratory.
Last year, scientists suggested that the most likely explanation was the “natural occurrence” of the SARS-CoV-2 virus: it jumped from bats, or an intermediate species, to humans in a random occurrence in 2019. Many people still believe this, and some have become more convinced in this route.
However, in recent weeks, more experts, including those previously silent, have voiced the prospect that the virus may have escaped from a laboratory in China, arguing that this scenario has not been thoroughly tested.
The pandemic has proven that research is crucial to dealing with the disease, but even specialists can make mistakes. For example, the World Health Organization stated in January 2020 that there is “There is no clear evidence“of human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
In February 2020, the Surgeon General of the United States informed Americans that masks were not effective in preventing the spread of the disease. It is therefore likely that some scientists deny the virus’s laboratory origin is premature given the rushed discoveries in the early stages of the worldwide outbreak.
However, Wang feels that the traceability has been hindered by political barriers. China refuses to join a team led by the World Health Organization arrived in January to investigate the pandemic.
“Nobody wants you to find the virus in their country,” Wang told the WSJ.
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