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Monday, July 12, 2021

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, scientists all over the world have been struggling to pin down the origin of the coronavirus that caused it. Linfa Wang knows they may never succeed. Dr. Wang, a professor in the emerging infectious diseases program at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, is an expert in bat viruses. ... "We may never know," said Dr. Wang. "We will keep looking."

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While it is true we may never find out, this is not likely. It's not like the covid virus stops being in wild animals when it enters humans. It would still be there in those wild animal populations, or antibody evidence that it was once there. So it's a matter of time.
I read that for some viral infections, it took multiple years to find the original source, while in other cases they found the source within months.

#1 | Posted by prius04 at 2021-07-12 11:23 PM | Reply

The big problem with finding The Origin is the lack of cooperation of China.

While such cooperation may not result in a determination of the origin, it definitely would not hurt the path to such a determination..

Until such cooperation occurs, we will be subject to conspiracy theories based upon quicksand-like, and I use this word oh so loosely, evidence.


Nature abhors a vacuum.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-12 11:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

25% of all mammal species are bats. Think of wolves to whales. Platypuses to possums. 25% Bats.

#3 | Posted by Brennnn at 2021-07-13 05:05 AM | Reply

Dr Fauci created it to control the population.

- Honey BoBo

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-07-13 08:38 AM | Reply

I read that for some viral infections, it took multiple years to find the original source, while in other cases they found the source within months.

#1 | POSTED BY PRIUS04

You read that? Or did you just think you did? Where is your source?

Perhaps you need to read a bit more.

For many viruses the source still has never been conclusively identified.

"Once pathogens start to spread by human-to-human transmission, the tracks leading back to the initial animal source grow faint and become nearly impossible to follow."

"Thus, animal sources for viruses that cause pandemics often remain shrouded in mystery. For some viruses, animal sources have been implicated after years or decades of large-scale international investigations. For other viruses, animal sources are highly suspected, but enough evidence has yet to be produced to pinpoint an exact species or range of species."

It would still be there in those wild animal populations, or antibody evidence that it was once there. So it's a matter of time.

"At best, this type of evidence is nondefinitive"and at worst, it leads us in the wrong direction in the hunt. Antibody responses to viruses are notoriously cross-reactive: the serological assays will react in the same way to related viruses, both known and as yet unrecognized. "

www.scientificamerican.com

Read just a bit more and you will see the article is correct. The source may never be found. Especially without China's cooperation.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-07-13 10:50 AM | Reply

Without Chinese cooperation the source is likely not going to be found, even though we have a good idea of where to look.

The other issue is that the pandemic itself will become inhibitory for determining the source. People will be wary of collecting bat viruses now, even if its to search for SARS-CoV-2.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2021-07-13 11:27 AM | Reply

Everybody already knows. That's why censorship was so important.

Don't sell your soul for free.

#7 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-07-13 02:39 PM | Reply

What?

#8 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-07-13 09:33 PM | Reply

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