“We are not only fighting the virus but also against conspiracy theories,” said. a spokesman for the Wuhan Institute of Virology, “conspiracy theories only create fear, rumors, and prejudices.”
He was trying to crush an idea that has been growing in popularity since the beginning of the COVID19 coronavirus epidemic: that his virology lab in the heart of Wuhan could be responsible.
In a way, he was right. In times of crisis, the last thing we would want to do is spread fear – especially if it is based only on a baseless rumor.
But when you start looking at these claims that the epidemic that has already infected nearly 500,000 people worldwide, and caused 10 Trillion Dollars in asset losses, started in a Wuhan virology lab, it starts to look like something other than a conspiracy theory. It sounds like an explanation that stands in a disconcerting way and, if we take the time to examine it, could help prevent something similar from happening again.
10. The Outbreak Started Across the Street from A Virology Lab
The official story is that 2019-nCoV started at a seafood market in Wuhan. According to Chinese scientists, the unclean animals sold there were carriers of the virus and, as a result, some unlucky buyers ended up becoming zero patients for a global crisis.
You’ve probably heard that explanation before, and chances are you’ve accepted it as a fact – but it’s a glaring problem. On the one hand, the first patients with 2019-nCoV have no connection to the market. On the one hand, the first patients with 2019-nCoV have no connection to the market. They lived nearby and appear to have transmitted the disease to the people who went there, but the real zero patients never set foot there. On the other hand, the 2019-nCoV is believed to be native to bats, and it was a seafood market.
No one sold bats in that market. Even Chinese scientists have begun to move away from this theory. To quote one directly: “It seems clear that the seafood market is not the only source of the virus… But to be honest, we still don’t know where the virus comes from .” ” Many people have pointed the finger at the Wuhan Virology Institute, which is only a 30-minute drive from the seafood market. But if it’s not close enough for you, there’s another lab that’s doing research on bat coronaviruses that’s even closer: The Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which isn’t just located on the other side of the City.
It’s across the street.
9. The Wuhan Virology Lab Was Studying Bat Coronaviruses
The Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention is not just an administrative office. Scientists, there are actively conducting research, including studies of coronaviruses in bats.
Many researchers in Wuhan were. It was a major project for the city, and the Wuhan Institute of Virology was very proud of it. They were at the forefront of research into the causes of SARS, and it was their researchers who had shown that the last outbreak of SARS had started in bats.
But for that, they had to look at a very large number of sick bats. Researchers had been gathering bats infected with coronavirus since at least 2012 and focused on bats that could transmit their disease to humans.
There were hundreds of bats in Wuhan’s labs when the 2019 CoV outbreak began, and researchers were studying at least 11 new strains of SARS-related viruses. And, yes – they were in front of the place where the epidemic began.
8. 2019-nCoV Is a 96% Match for A Bat Virus in The Wuhan Virology Lab
The coronavirus that is spreading around the world right now has been called “new” because it is unique. It is different from diseases of the past, such as SARS. About 30% difference, to be exact.
It is not just a number that has come out of our heads. The scientists compared the genetic sequence of SARS to that of 2019-nCoV and found that they are about 70% similar.
That’s an approximate figure – the real one could be a little higher. But the actual figure is probably not 96% – which is the percentage of correspondence that scientists found between 2019-nCov and a form of coronavirus carried by bats inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“But wait a minute,” you say. “If these bats had the virus, there were probably bats all around Wuhan that had it – right? The 2019-nCoV is not only like bat coronaviruses in general – it is like a very specific strain of bat coronavirus carried by bats at the Wuhan Virology Institute. Not all bat coronaviruses have this 96% match – in fact, when another laboratory compared 2019-nCoV to its own bats, the closest match it could find was 88%.
And these bats weren’t local. If you lived in Wuhan and really wanted to find one of these bats, you would either have to go to the virology lab or where these bats came from Yunnan and Zhejiang, a little over 900 km away.
7. An Infected Bat Bled on A Researcher Shortly Before The Outbreak
Okay, so a disease lab was doing disease research. So what? That doesn’t prove it came to know, does it?
Although it is very unlikely that the Wuhan Institute of Virology deliberately hit its own people, it would not have been so difficult for someone to catch them by accident.
Imagine a bat attacking a researcher and, in the chaos, she spills her blood on her bare skin. Or imagine that she gets a little too close and ends up with bat urine on her body. Or imagine that these two things happen to the same person shortly before the start of the CoV 2019 epidemic. That is exactly what happened.
According to a report by Chinese researchers Botao and Lei Xiao, a researcher named Junhua Tian described these exact experiences in an interview with the Changjiang Times. Junhua Tian claims to have quarantined himself to avoid spreading these diseases – but even if he and his colleagues took all possible precautions, it is possible that the virus could still have escaped. One thing we have learned since the epidemic is that people may have no symptoms and still be infected. And, according to a recent study in Japan, people who have recovered may still carry the virus.
6. SARS Escaped from A Beijing Lab Twice
Of course, it is also possible that the staff of the Wuhan Virology Institute did not take all possible precautions. It would not be the first time someone has come out of a Chinese virology lab carrying a deadly disease.
On April 4, 2004, a graduate student working in a virology laboratory in Beijing was diagnosed with SARS. She had been infected while researching the virus and, unaware that she was ill, she went public and almost caused a second outbreak.
It is quite serious, but what is terrifying is that two weeks later, another graduate student working in the same lab did the same thing, and it is not just negligence.
According to scientist Antoine Danchin, this should be technically impossible: “Normally, it is not possible to contaminate people, even in level 2 containment, if safety rules are followed,” he said after the incident. “The lab may have all the right rules, but people may not respect them,” he said after the incident.
5. The Wuhan Virology Lab Was Testing A Virus That Matches 2019-nCoV
If in doubt, the Wuhan Institute of Virology certainly had graduate students on its staff. We can confirm this because, on November 18, 2019, shortly before the escape, the institute published a job offer  asking for graduate students to help study coronavirus in humans and bats. It’s not exactly out of the ordinary – but the description in the job offer is a bit disturbing.
She says they are particularly interested in the molecular mechanisms that allow coronavirus to remain dormant without symptoms for a long time. Does that sound familiar to you? This is one of the hallmarks of the 2019-nCoV – the fact that people can move around without any apparent symptoms and still spread it.
322 of the people on board the diamond princess cruise ship tested positive without symptoms, and there is evidence that these asymptomatic individuals can spread the disease. In fact, it is confirmed that a woman transmitted the disease to at least five people without showing any symptoms on her part.
4. Researchers At The Lab Had Recently Created A New Coronavirus
Staff at the Wuhan Institute of Virology did not just work on cures. In 2015, two researchers from the Institute participated in an international experiment led by American scientist Ralph Baric. The goal? Create a new coronavirus capable of infecting humans.
If this sounds like a weird lens, you’re not alone. An important part of the scientific community was outraged by this experience: “The only impact of this work is the creation, in a laboratory, of a new unsafe risk,” protested biologist Richard Ebright at the publication of the.
French virologist Simon Wain-Hobson agrees. “If the virus escaped,” he warned, “no one could predict the trajectory.
3. 2019-nCoV Has Eerie Similarities to HIV
According to a controversial study in India, some aspects of 2019-nCoV have “amazing similarities” to HIV.
Full disclosure – this study has been thoroughly reviewed. Some scientists questioned whether it used enough data to be statistically significant, and they tested it enough for the study authors to withdraw their work at this stage.
But even if their work is not proven, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s fake – and there’s some evidence to back it up. Anti-HIV drugs are remarkably effective in treating the drug, and most patients have a low white blood cell count  – which does not happen with any other form of coronavirus.
This is frightening, as researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology have been working on or conducting studies combining CoV-SAR and a pseudo-HIV virus in bats and humans.
There is no hard evidence that CoV 2019 is a human-created virus, but if scientists ever find evidence of it, there are good reasons to be concerned.
2. The Communist Chinese Government Ordered Silence
Infectious disease specialist Daniel Lucey had the opportunity to review the documents and data that China had in his possession when the nCoV 2019 broke out, and he came out baffled. Their official story, he says, made no sense: “China must have realized that the epidemic did not come from this seafood market in Wuhan Huanan,” Lucey told reporters.
Maybe he was right. Perhaps someone in Wuhan knew that history did not stand up, even when he first announced it. On January 2, 2020 – the day after the Huanan seafood market was blamed for the disease – the Wuhan Institute of Virology issued a statement “strictly prohibiting the disclosure of information” on the website 2019-nCoV.Some scientists still spoke out. Much of this article, for example, is based on a study by the National Foundation of Natural Sciences of China entitled “The Possible Origins of Coronavirus 2019-nCoV.
You may not be surprised to learn that, shortly after the publication of this study, the communist government did its best to remove it from the internet as vigorously as it currently does to try to prevent people from qualifying the “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan flu” virus.
1. The Chinese Government Is Tightening Up Biolab Security
On 14 February 2020, President Xi delivered a speech on the need to contain CoV 2019, in which he said that the Chinese must “learn from the epidemic in order to strengthen their weaknesses and fill the gaps highlighted by the epidemic.
” Although Xi has never been fully explicit about how to fill these gaps, he has announced his intention to pass a new law on “biosecurity in laboratories” specifically targeting the use of biological agents that “in the laboratory can be detrimental to national security.”
The next day, China’s Ministry of Science and Technology followed Xi’s speech by issuing a new directive entitled “Instructions on Strengthening Biosecurity Management in Microbiology Laboratories” advanced viruses such as the new coronavirus ”
There is only one microbiology laboratory in all of China that handles advanced viruses such as the new coronavirus: the Wuhan Institute of Virology.