Probable Origin of CoronaVirus explained- it was not engineered in a Lab

Probable Origin of CoronaVirus explained- it was not engineered in a Lab

image source:

The current Coronavirus pandemic is precisely what Bill Gates had foretasted in his Ted talk of 2015 titled “The next outbreak, we are not ready. In reality, we all were not prepared; no country was. Does anyone still doubt why this man is a billionaire?

The question on the lips of everyone is where did the SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 originated from, when will the vaccine be ready? When will an effective treatment be available, and what level of social distancing can stem the rapid spread of the outbreak?

The stories circulating on social media are that COVID-19 was genetically engineered by scientists in the Wuhan Institute of Virology or elsewhere in China. This rumor prompted the World Health Organization to warn of an “infodemic” on the outbreak. Such an “infodemic” or an abundance of information that could be mostly inaccurate prompted this article. 

Evidence shows that there is no such genetic engineering. What might be possible is that the mutations [in the virus] are consistent with natural evolution. Much research has focused on the hypothesis that bats passed a virus to an intermediate host before affecting humans. No study yet to confirm what that intermediary animal was. A likely scenario based on genetic analysis was that the coronavirus was transmitted from a bat to another mammal, possibly a pangolin. Though the pangolin theory is not entirely proven yet. Then the Pangolin passed it on to its first human host in the city of Wuhan in late November or early December 2019. 

The claims that COVID-19 might have infected humans from snakes or fish was disputed with the more favorably disposed pangolin intermediary postulation.

One source of rumor trying to espouse the genetic engineering theory of COVID-19 was a paper posted by scientists in India claiming that short insertions in the viral genome had an “uncanny similarity” to HIV. Although the paper was withdrawn quickly from social media, the research was considered inaccurate because The genes COVID-19 shares with HIV are extremely short sequences naturally shared by other organisms, and it is repeated again and again throughout the tree of life.

Could researchers have inadvertently let the coronavirus to escape from the Wuhan Virology institute? Biosafety in Chinese labs is a big concern. China’s history of handling coronaviruses gives further cause for concern. In April 2004, SARS (another coronavirus) escaped the Chinese Institute of Virology in Beijing, according to the World Health Organisation.

Sure, Virus can escape from Labs

The Scientist magazine reported as follows: “The latest outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in China, with eight, confirmed or suspected cases so far and hundreds quarantined, involves two researchers who were working with the virus in a Beijing research lab, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday [April 26].”

“We suspect two people, a 26-year-old female postgraduate student, and a 31-year-old male postdoc, were both infected, apparently in two separate incidents,” Bob Dietz, WHO spokesman in Beijing, told The Scientist. The magazine reports that even the deadly SARS virus has escaped — twice — from the Beijing lab where it was (and probably is) being used in experiments. Both were man-made epidemics but was quickly contained, but neither would have happened at all if proper safety precautions had been taken. 

Probably due to these incidences, the World Health Organization updated SARS surveillance guidelines in 2004 after the lab-based outbreaks, urging labs to follow proper biosafety procedures, and China replaced the director of its Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Wuhan Sea Food Market Hypothesis.

Let us try to examine the hypothesis that the virus originated from a seafood market. The official story is that 2019-nCoV started at a seafood market in Wuhan. According to Chinese scientists, the unclean animals sold there were carriers of the virus and, as a result, some unlucky buyers ended up becoming zero patients for a global crisis.

You’ve probably heard that explanation before, and chances are you’ve accepted it as a fact – but it’s a glaring problem. On the one hand, the first patients with 2019-nCoV have no connection to the market. They lived nearby and appeared to have transmitted the disease to the people who went there, but the real zero patients never set foot there. On the other hand, the 2019-nCoV is believed to be native to bats, and it was a seafood market. Doesn’t add up, right?

Botao Xiao of South China University of Technology offered a possible insight published in researchgate described how a bat attacked a researcher named Junhua Tian, and, in the chaos, spills her blood on her bare skin. She describes how she got too close and ends up with bat urine on her. Imagine that these things happen to the same person shortly before the start of the CoV 2019 epidemic. Though Junhua Tian, during an interview with the Changjiang Times, claimed to have quarantined himself to avoid spreading the disease, who knows? the disease may have escaped.

Since this pandemic, we have learned that people may have no symptoms and still be infected (also known as asymptomatic patients). And, according to a recent study in Japan, people who have recovered may even carry the virus. This, to me, is the exact explanation of how this pandemic started.

Biosecurity concerns in laboratories in China:

There is one laboratory in all of China that handles advanced viruses such as the new coronavirus. The laboratory is the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This laboratory was the exact location where the coronavirus started. We may never know what exactly happened, but at an emergency meeting in Beijing in late February, Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke about the need to contain the coronavirus and set up a system to prevent such epidemics in the future.

A national system to control biosecurity risks must be put in place “to protect the people’s health,” Xi said because lab safety is a “national security” issue. The biotech Wuhan lab was operating at the highest biosafety levels known as BSL-4, which provides maximum protection against infection of lab workers. Was there a mishandling or misunderstanding of established safety protocol?  or due to minimal knowledge of the dangers of the bat coronaviruses. We may never know. The two seemingly most deadly viruses of the past, such as SARS-Cov and MERS-Cov, have the highest biosafety protection level of BSL-4. 

We conclude that the coronavirus was not genetically designed as a bioweapon; nor come from the seafood market in Wuhan. It may have leaked from the Wuhan virology laboratory, all evidence point to that.  Steven Mosher, a social scientist and the president of the Population Research Institute in Front Royal, Virginia believes China’s National Biosafety Laboratory strategy may have accidentally spread SARS-CoV-2 at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where researchers have studied bat coronaviruses. No one is sure for now. Maybe no one ever will



Read Previous

Current petrol price in Nigeria

Read Next