Where Were You Born, Covid?

As the United States is progressing to vaccinate as much of the country as possible, scientists are also attempting to track down the true story of Covid. The US is starting to warn about the costs for future pandemics and is starting to take seriously and talk openly about the mysteries of Covid’s origin. 

According to CNN, “A US intelligence report found that several researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill in November 2019 and had to be hospitalized, a new detail about the severity of their symptoms. It’s not clear the researchers contracted Covid-19 and the lab strongly denied the report, calling it a lie to push the so-called lab-leak theory for the disease origin”. Scientists have also found out that the institute only made contact with Covid-19 since December 30. As many already know, one theory is of the virus that leaked from the lab testing corona viruses and their transmission through bats in Wuhan Institute of Virology. The US actually funded the study and Dr. Fauci states that it would have been a “dereliction of duty” not to fund the research in bats in China. CNN writes Dr. Fauci’s words, “You don’t want to study bats in Fairfax County, Virginia, to find out what the animal-human interface is that might lead to a jumping of species,” and he added the US had to go “where the action is.” 

While many scientists like Fauci believe that this disease occurred naturally, others like Jamie Metzle from the World Health Organization believe the lab-leak theory is possible. Metzl believes that while testing and developing vaccines for viruses, it is possible to actually spread the virus. “Then I believe what possibly happened was there was an accidental leak followed by a criminal cover-up,” said Metzl. With clashing ideas and theories, it is evident that there needs to be more research done. 

According to CNN, a group of prominent scientists criticized the World Health Organization for not taking this lab-leak theory seriously; “it was dismissed in a few pages of a several hundred page report”. The scientists wrote in the Science Magazine that “We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data”.

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