Specifically, according to the radio NPR, after arriving in Wuhan, China, the WHO team of researchers is preparing a preliminary report on the origin of the coronavirus.
Wuhan is where the virus was first reported in December 2019. The WHO expert group’s main public conclusion so far is that the “extremely unlikely” virus originated in a laboratory in Wuhan. Scientists think that the virus most likely originated from bats, then spread to other animals, then to humans.
Dutch virologist Marion Koopmans is a member of the WHO expert group that performed a “step-by-step reconstruction of the initial outbreak” in two weeks of investigation.
The team said the pandemic did not start at the Hunan Seafood Market of Wuhan City, where the coronavirus outbreak was located, as the virus had spread before.
Koopmans spoke to PV’s NPR about what her team found out in Wuhan. According to Ms. Koopmans, the first discovered cases involved seafood markets, but it is clear now that there is a larger list of confirmed and clear cases that not everyone is involved. market.
“So what was done on this trip was to try and get genetic sequences from patients involved in seafood markets and elsewhere. And you also see the market isn’t the whole story. is one of the places where it goes. But there’s also viral circulation out there, “says Ms. Koopmans.
On the hypothesis that the virus is a lab release product, Ms. Koopmans said: “From all that we looked at and we also visited three related laboratories and three research laboratories. In saving these viruses, we were unable to find any reliable connection.