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Coronavirus Did NOT Start from Wuhan’s Seafood Market

Wuhan’s seafood market is again in news but this time the Chinese authorities have come up with new information that coronavirus didn’t start from this site.  Although the initial cases were reported to form this site the latest investigation reveals that it is more of a ‘victim’ than the ‘cause’ of coronavirus.

This seafood market of Wuhan was somehow the center of this pandemic but it is not responsible for initiating this deadly pandemic.  The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of China says that the new genetic evidence suggests that this killer virus was present in bats even before it showed up in humans.

Previously, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), China shared a statement that all initial cases of coronavirus emerged from Wuhan’s seafood market. This market is famous for its ‘exotic’ and ‘wildlife’ animal sale, many of which are illegally sold.

Despite showing a close link to coronavirus pandemic, there is still no proof that this deadly pandemic initiated from Wuhan’s seafood market. The statement from the CDC further informed that the samples taken from the wet market are all tested negative.

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Gao Fu, the director of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), China gave his statement to the media calling Wuhan’s seafood market a victim of coronavirus. As the coronavirus test results came negative, it is proof that coronavirus didn’t come from these wild animals to humans, from this wet market.

Colin Carlson from Georgetown University says that there is a high chance that Wuhan’s seafood market is the ‘super spreader’ and not actually initiated this infection.  It is hard to tell that if not the wet market, where did coronavirus come from? With no evidence on this novel coronavirus, it might take many years to know the truth on how coronavirus was transmitted to humans.

All experts agree on coronavirus being an animal-origin microorganism which probably took a jump from bats to humans. But there is no accurate proof that ‘bats’ were involved in this transmission and not any other animal. There is still plenty of chance that other animals, along with bats or separately are involved in this viral transmission.

There is still no evidence, information, or history to trace the viral origin. Hence calling the Wuhan’s seafood market as the cause of coronavirus pandemic would be unfair.

Tracking the roots is indeed a time taking process. The reason for the SARS pandemic was found through a study that was published after approximately 15 years when the  SARS virus first hit.

Normally, people don’t go into details on how do these researchers trace back any virus. If coronavirus is a bat-linked virus, going to the saves to collect samples and process them to find results is a lengthy procedure. It wouldn’t be any time soon to hear the real truth behind coronavirus pandemic.

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On the other side, many international experts believe that China is trying to shift the blame on Wuhan’s seafood market for coronavirus pandemic. The conflicting statements on its origin look like a ‘cover-up story’ to many health experts, locally from China and other countries.

Despite taking the wet market of Wuhan out of this blame, the conspiracy theories on coronavirus would not end. For many, the new hot topic on how coronavirus jumped from bats to humans would now be the infamous Chinese virology lab leak story which was in headlines a few weeks before. In any case, it is too early to declare any story to be true for coronavirus entry and spread into human communities.

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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