COVID-19 pandemic. Scientist: The first sick person was a saleswoman from a seafood market in Wuhan

The first known COVID-19 patient is a saleswoman at a seafood market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, not an accountant with no relationship to the place, as has been previously thought, biologist Michael Worobey of the University of Arizona found in an analysis for the scientific journal Science . The finding, however, does not come any closer to explaining the cause of the pandemic.

Genesis the COVID-19 pandemic remains unexplained – scientists are wondering whether the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus jumped directly or indirectly from bats onto humans, got out of the laboratory, or attacked humans in some other way.

One of the theories put forward by the Chinese authorities in 2020 was recognition
Wuhan seafood market for the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. One of the newer clues leads here. However, a scientific analysis will not end the debate about the origins of COVID-19.

Scientist: The first COVID-19 patient worked at a Wuhan market

The Huanan Wholesale Market in Wuhan, where various species of wild animals were sold in addition to seafood, was the focus of experts from the beginning. However, it was widely recognized that the first known patient had no contact with this fair, which fueled, among others, speculation that the virus sprang to a person elsewhere.

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The 41-year-old accountant believed to be the first known patient did not actually report COVID-19 symptoms until December 16, 2019, a few days later than previously thought. The error was because an accountant reported a dental problem on December 8, said Worobey, who according to the NYT is a leading expert on virus evolution at the University of Arizona.

The biologist argues that the accountant’s symptoms appeared later than many people associated with the Huanan Market. The earliest known patient is seafood saleswoman at this market where the symptoms started December 11, 2019. Worobey took this as an indication that the pandemic broke out there. “In a city of 11 million, half of the early cases are related to an area the size of a football field. Explaining this pattern becomes very difficult if the epidemic did not start in this market” – said the scientist, quoted by the “NYT”.

Beijing vehemently rejects the theory of the SARS-CoV-2 leak from the Wuhan lab. He refutes accusations of covering up data on the onset of the pandemic. The authorities even communicate that the virus does not necessarily come from China, but could have got there, for example, on imported frozen food. Doubts have not been dispelled by the mission of scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) in March this year. The experts did not rule out a leak from the lab, but found the hypothesis “extremely unlikely”.

RadioZET.pl/PAP – Andrzej Borowiak / Nytimes.com

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