According to Oxford University researchers, the origin of the coronavirus does not appear to be in China. Instead, they find out amazing things.
While scientists around the world are still racking their brains over a possible vaccine, questions about the Coronavirus origin now celebrate a new breakthrough. Contrary to the common assumption that the deadly pathogen SARS-CoV-2 comes from China, it now seems that this supposed fact is not so certain.
Coronavirus origin: that’s what Oxford researchers say
Dr. Tom Jefferson, Senior Associate Tutor at the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) in Oxford and visiting professor at Newcastle University, argues that there is growing evidence that the coronavirus origin is not in Asia. For example, the SARS-CoV-1 virus “simply disappeared.”
“We have to start by researching the ecology of the virus and understanding how it originates and mutates,” Jefferson explains in an interview with The Telegraph. “I think the virus was already here – here, so everywhere. We may see a dormant virus that has been activated by environmental conditions.” At the beginning of February, for example, there was a case in the Falkland Islands.
“There was a cruise ship going from South Georgia to Buenos Aires and the passengers were examined and then on the eighth day, when they were heading for the Weddell Sea, they got the first case,” he continues. It is not certain whether the pathogen is in prepared food that has been thawed and activated. One thing is clear, however: “Strange things like this happened with the Spanish flu. In 1918, around 30 percent of the population of West Samoa died of the Spanish flu, and they had no communication with the outside world.”
Dr. Jefferson: “The explanation could only be that these agents have nowhere to go or go. They are always here and something is triggering them, maybe human density or environmental conditions, and that’s what we should be looking for.”
Faecal matter and meat – they have that in common
To determine where exactly the coronavirus origin lies, the team does a live check. It extracts the environmental conditions, the ecology of these viruses, which has been “grossly underestimated”. There are various indications that huge amounts of the virus were everywhere in the sewage, and there is increasing evidence of transmission through feces.
“There’s a high concentration where the wastewater is four degrees, which is the ideal temperature at which it stays stable and is likely to be activated. And meat packers are often four degrees,” Jefferson explains. “These meat packing clusters and isolated breakouts don’t fit breathing theory, they fit people who haven’t washed their hands properly”
“These outbreaks have to be investigated with the local people one by one. They have to do what John Snow did. You interview the people and start hypothesizing the facts, not the other way around.” Of course, the researchers at Oxford University cannot yet say where the origin of the coronavirus is. Still, it doesn’t have to be China.