Scientists have concluded that there is a possibility that the emerging corona virus that is sweeping the world may have originated in a Chinese mine in 2012, rather than in a damp market in Wuhan.
Scientists believe that the devastating virus, which has killed more than 760 thousand people around the world, actually started 1,000 miles from the Wuhan market, according to the American “New York Post” newspaper.
Eight years ago, 6 miners at the Mujiang mine in Yunnan Province, southwest China, contracted a pneumonia-like illness after spending 14 days removing bat feces, and tragically, 3 of them died of the disease.
Doctor Li Shuo, who treated the miners, confirmed how the patients experienced a high temperature, a dry cough, pain in the extremities, and in some cases a headache, all of the symptoms now associated with COVID-19.
Virologist Jonathan Latham and molecular biologist Alison Wilson, who work on the nonprofit Bioscience Resource Project in Ithaca, analyzed the thesis written by the Chinese doctor who treated miners.
Latham and Wilson wrote in an article: “The evidence contained in what the doctor told Li Shaw prompted us to review everything we thought we knew about the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Latham indicated, in an interview with the American newspaper “New York Post”, that the Corona virus almost certainly escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan, adding, “The evidence led us to reconsider everything we thought we knew about the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The miners were treated similarly to Covid-19 patients, with ventilation, blood thinners, steroids and antibiotics, and then tested for hepatitis, dengue fever and HIV, under the supervision of virologist Zhong Nanshan, the hero who managed the SARS outbreak in 2003.
The doctor sent a sample of tissue from the infected miners to the Wuhan laboratory, where many believed that the virus had leaked from it, then scientists in the laboratory found that the source of the infection was a SARS-like virus from a Chinese “horseshoe” bat, and Latham and Wilson believed that the virus had developed inside workers. Mines, which means he was very adaptive to humans.
Chinese officials still believe that COVID-19 started in the wet market in Wuhan in December 2019, but many scientists still question its origins after the market in question was cleaned up and closed once the virus began to spread.