New Studies Point at Wuhan Animal Market as COVID-19 Epicenter

A pair of newly published studies have arrived at a similar conclusion that the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, China, was most likely the epicenter of the coronavirus

The research was first made available online as preprints in February, but after undergoing peer review, before it was finally published in the journal Science on Tuesday.

A study indicated that a geographical and environmental investigation was conducted by scientists from all around the world using mapping software and social media posts. 

The virus was presumably present in live animals sold at the market in late 2019 despite the fact that the “precise circumstances remain murky,” they say. 

The animals were kept close to one another, making it easy for germs to spread. The study does not, however, identify which animals might have been ill.

The scientists came to the conclusion that the early COVID-19 cases were concentrated among market vendors who sold these live animals or among customers who went shopping there. 

The other investigation employs a molecular strategy and purports to pinpoint the moment when the first coronavirus infections spread from animals to people.

This second study demonstrates that the coronavirus most likely existed in two separate forms, A and B, during its inception.

According to the researchers, lineage B was responsible for the first animal-to-human transfer, which most likely occurred around November 18, 2019. 

Only those with a direct link to the Huanan market were discovered to have the lineage B type.

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