A team from the World Health Organization (WHO) investigating the cause of the coronavirus pandemic visited a second Wuhan hospital that treated early Covid-19 patients.
Jinyantan Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the city to deal with patients suffering from an unknown virus in early 2020 and is an important part of the epidemiological history of the disease.
The team’s first face-to-face meeting with Chinese scientists took place on Friday, after which experts specializing in animal health, virology, food safety and epidemiology visited the Western China Integrated Hospital in Hubei Province.
Geneva-based WHO will be on Twitter late Thursday, with the team visiting hospitals, markets like the South China Seafood Market associated with many of the first cases, and institutes at facilities such as the Wuhan Institute of Virginology and Wuhan Center He said it was planned. Disease management.
“All hypotheses are on the table, as the team follows science in their work to understand the origin of the Covid-19 virus,” WHO tweeted.
The team has already requested “detailed basic data” and said it plans to talk to early responders and some of the first patients.
The mission has been politically criticized as China seeks to avoid criticism of alleged failures in its early response to the outbreak.
A single visit by a scientist rarely confirms the origin of the virus.
Identifying outbreak animal reservoirs is a thorough effort that usually requires years of research, including animal sampling, genetic analysis, and epidemiological studies.
One possibility is that a wildlife poacher may have passed the virus to a trader who carried the virus to Wuhan.
The Chinese government has promoted the theory that it may have originated from the import of virus-contaminated frozen seafood, but this concept has been totally rejected by international scientists and institutions.
Researchers may focus on the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which built an archive of genetic information about bat coronavirus or severe acute respiratory syndrome after the outbreak of SARS in 2003.
WHO team visits second Wuhan hospital with early Covid-19 patients
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