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The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan was the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The journal Science has reopened the controversy around the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic with research drawn from WHO data claiming it did originate in a wholesale food market in China.

Researchers pinpointed the area in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, in Wuhan, in Central China’s Hubei Province.

Understanding how severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emerged in 2019 is critical to preventing zoonotic outbreaks before they become the next pandemic. Chinese authorities are sensitive to claims about the virus’s origins.

The report itself highlights some limitations in the study, and says: “Maximum effort must now be applied to elucidate the upstream events that might have brought SARS-CoV-2 into the Huanan market. To reduce the risk of future pandemics we must understand, and then limit, the routes and opportunities for virus spillover.”

The report, though, is quite direct in its findings: “We show the earliest known COVID-19 cases from December 2019, including those without reported direct links, were geographically centred on this market.

“Live SARS-CoV-2 susceptible mammals were sold at the market in late 2019 and, within the market, SARS-CoV-2-positive environmental samples were spatially associated with vendors selling live mammals.”

The researchers came close to identifying the animal host.

“We report that multiple plausible intermediate wildlife hosts of SARS-CoV-2 progenitor viruses, including red foxes (Vulpes vulpes), hog badgers (Arctonyx albogularis) and common raccoon dogs (Nyctereutes procyonoides), were sold live at the Huanan market up until at least November of 2019. No reports are known to be available for SARS-CoV-2 test results from these mammals at the Huanan market. Despite a general slow-down in live animal sales during the winter months, we report that raccoon dogs that are sold for both meat and fur were consistently available for sale throughout the year, including at the Huanan market in November 2019…”



For all its interest and promise, they study has several limitations its authors acknowledge.

“We have been able to recover location data for most of the December-onset COVID-19 cases identified by the WHO mission and have been able to do so with sufficient precision to support our conclusions.

“However, we do not have access to the precise latitude and longitude coordinates of all these cases. Should such data exist, they may be accompanied by additional metadata, some of which we have reconstructed, but some of which, including the date of onset of each case, would be valuable for ongoing studies.

“We also lack direct evidence of an intermediate animal infected with a SARS-CoV-2 progenitor virus either at the Huanan market or at a location connected to its supply chain, like a farm.

“Additionally, no line list of early COVID-19 cases is available and we do not have complete details of environmental sampling, though compared to many other outbreaks, we have more comprehensive information on early cases, hospitalizations and environmental sampling.”

Read also: Why it will soon be too late to find out where COVID-19 originated

This article was originally published on Cosmos Magazine and was written by Cosmos. Curated content from the editorial staff at Cosmos Magazine.

Published by The Echo in conjunction with Cosmos Magazine.

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  1. Quit with the speculation and bumbling around. All of the evidence we have points to a lab origin, and a modified bat virus.

  2. Or it came from the level 4 bio-weapons lab next to the market that was doing gain of function research on Corona viruses funded by the US NIH according to US government documents obtain by freedom of information requests by multiple investigative journalists. But your probably right and it came from a bat anus.

      • Are you up to date with your boosters? Go get a few more. Make sure you mix brands. There’s a trivalent mRNA one that includes influenza. Get a few of those too.

      • I’m open minded Rod. Could you please explain your theory about 5G creating SARS-COV-2?
        And can you explain way all the evidence it was made using CRISPR gene editing technology?

  3. Anyone believing it came from the wet market is sadly delusional. What kind of so called ‘researcher’ even makes this sh*t up..?!

    • Paid researchers that are told to discredit anything but the narrative.

      They can’t have the public thinking Governments might be responsible for this global fiasco, they want us to believe they are responsible for fixing it.

      What a shame Cosmos appear to be discrediting themselves and the research community generally with their political science.

      • Well both world wars started as traded wars, turned into economic wars, then sabotaging each others industries, then messing with trade route (supply chains), then eventually bullets and bombs. So you maybe be close to being right about WWIII.

  4. Let’s face it – none of us has any f&#@king idea! Hard to live with I know and it’s so much more fun to confidently pronounce your favourite theory while gloating about your superior insights and sources and you absence of ovine features.

    What I find amusing though is that the same people who have been giving us an evolving narrative about something that doesn’t really exist, or has existed for centuries, or is really just a sniffle that some herbs will fix, (plus a million other permutations) are so wedded to the idea of a game of function bio weapon explanation.

    Surely if you were going to go to that much trouble you’d develop something of serious consequence!

      • You were right the first time Liz, it’s a game to gain.

        It is completely understandable that decent humans have much difficulty comprehending that they were doing this highly unethical research. Many will likely continue believe the Govt narrative until their pronouns are was/were…

        Try getting your hands on a copy of “The real Anthony Fauci” and consider why would the author go to that much trouble to provide insight, sources and name names with such a massive threat and risk of defamation if incorrect… yet no legal consequences. Good luck!

  5. Most likely it came from a wet market. More importantly, let’s
    finally work out how to deal with it. The ‘sickening side of all?’
    Those who believe it does not exist.


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