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Source: Thailand Medical News  Feb 25, 2020  1 month ago
Breaking News! New Published Study Indicates That New Coronavirus Did Not Originate From Wuhan Market But Was ‘Imported’
Breaking News! New Published Study Indicates That New Coronavirus Did Not Originate From Wuhan Market But Was ‘Imported’
Source: Thailand Medical News  Feb 25, 2020  1 month ago
A new detailed and comparison genomic research study by Chinese researchers involving 93 virus samples from 12 countries worldwide that have had patients infected with the coronavirus revealed that the new coronavirus did not originate from the Wuhan market but rather was ‘imported and the  busy market had simply only  boosted its circulation and spread it to the whole city.


 
The research shows that the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes the Covid-19 disease that has claimed the lives of more than 2,700 people so far did not originate at a seafood market in the central China city of Wuhan  as was first thought.
 
Instead, the research proves that the new severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was instead imported from elsewhere, according to the genomic and medical scientists from Xishuangbanna TBG Institute that  under the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Institute for Brain Research.
 
The research team, led by leading genomic Professor, Dr Yu Wenbin, sequenced the genomic data of 93 SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus samples provided by 12 countries in order to track down the source of the infection and understand how it spreads.
 
The researchers found was that while the coronavirus had spread rapidly within the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, there had also been two major population expansions on December 8 and January 6
 
Analysis of the research findings, which was published on the institute’s website, indicate that the coronavirus was introduced from outside the market. The crowded market then boosted SARS-CoV-2 circulation and spread it to the whole city in early December 2019, the study indicated.
 
This totally contradicts earlier reports by Chinese health authorities and the World Health Organization announcing publicly that the first known patient showed symptoms on December 8, and that most of the subsequent cases had links to the seafood market, which was closed on January 1.
 
The study also implied that based on the genome data, it was possible that the coronavirus began spreading from person to person in early December or even as early as late November.
 
Dr Yu Wen Bin, lead researcher of thestudy, told Thailand Medical News, “The investigative and detailed study concerning whether Wuhan market is the only birthplace of SARS-CoV-2 is of great significance for finding its source and determining the intermediate host, so as to control the epidemic and prevent it from spreading again.”
 
The study findings have lots of implications and also raises a lot of questions including as to how it got to Wuhan.
 
Meanwhile, Dr Xiang Nijuan, a researcher at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV that people infected with the new coronavirus were contagious two days before they showed any symptoms.
 
Therefore anyone who had been in close contact with someone within 48 hours of them being confirmed as infected should put themselves in isolation for 14 days, he said.
 
References:
 
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339351990_Decoding_evolution_and_transmissions_of_novel_pneumonia_coronavirus_SARS-CoV-2_using_the_whole_genomic_data
 
http://www.chinaxiv.org/abs/202002.00033
 
For more on Coronavirus Research, check out: https://www.thailandmedical.news/articles/coronavirus
 
 

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