The Origin of COVID-19
German Lopez wrote an incredible article about the investigations into the origin of the COVID-19 virus. Was it from a bat or a lab? An accident or espionage? Was it a combination? Will we ever know? Here is a summary of his article and evidence.
The Republican House Committees are investigating the origins of Covid. Lawmakers displayed bipartisan agreement that the virus may have originated from a laboratory in China.
“Whether it was a lab leak or infection through animals, I think we’ve got to pursue both of those paths if we are ever to get the truth,” Representative Kweisi Mfume, Democrat of Maryland, said.
“There are actually multiple lab leak theories. The most plausible is that the virus accidentally leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, where scientists may have been studying it, and possibly engineered it, for research and medical purposes.”
Wuhan is home to an advanced virus-research lab and the Chinese C.D.C. — ties that lend credence to the idea of a lab leak. Chinese officials’ apparent destruction of evidence adds to the suspicions of a lab leak. Biological labs around the world also have a history of accidental leaks.
However, no expert, no scientist, no intelligence agency, nor any U.S. official in any administration contends China created it as a bioweapon or intentionally leaked the virus.
The other likely scenario is the natural origin theory: Animal-to-human transmission is the predominant origin of viral diseases, including other coronaviruses and bird flus. Many of the first confirmed Covid cases were linked to an animal market in Wuhan. Live mammals there are known to spread viruses. Experts embraced the animal market explanation as the most likely.
Now it is political and we may never know.
SCDHEC reported over 2,700 new cases of COVID-19 last week. 40 new deaths.