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Wuhan. The market where everything would have started is a body in jerky: part works, part does not


#It remains to be seen whether the country will take decisive measures to improve hygiene in underground and semi-underground markets, closed and humid spaces where there is little ventilation.

#By #Jesús #Centeno

#Wuhan (#China), #Dec 29 (EFE) .- The market for #Huanan, where it is believed that the COVID, is still sealed, disinfected and jealously guarded by security guards, but with establishments open on its second floor in which, a year later, the employees try to rebuild their lives.

The two warehouses that made up the market, separated by #Nueva #China street from #Wuhan, in the heart of the #Asian giant, have been closed to the outside for months with blue barriers that have now been adorned with pictures of traditional #Chinese painting.

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#Shortly after the first cases of the so-called “mysterious pneumonia outbreak” were reported, the market closed its doors on #January 1, 2020, after detecting the spread of infections in sellers and customers.

#Just a day earlier, the #Chinese government had informed the #World #Health #Organization (WHO) of the detection in #Wuhan of the first cases of covid.

#So, the coronavirus was already transmitted quickly.

#Wuhan, #China, tries to resume activity. #Photo: #Román #Pilipey, EFE.

THE OPTICS, THE ONLY STORES OPEN IN HUANAN

#Researchers dressed in white protective overalls, glasses, gloves and masks were, for months, the only ones authorized to enter the site to disinfect it and collect samples.

#Today in #Huanan there is no trace of them or the merchants or customers who came downstairs to visit the “wet market”, where in #China it is common to find in the open air from fruits and vegetables to fresh meat, seafood, herbs and spices.

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#Only the establishments of its second plant remain active, which reopened last #June.

#It is a large gallery that houses a hundred opticians.

#One of the clerks, who does not want to give his name due to the “sensitivity” of the matter, briefly remembers that when the market closed, the shops on the top floor remained open.

“We asked ourselves too many questions. #Some were trying to see what was going on downstairs, but everything was already too restricted ”, he explains.

A few days later, on #January 11, they received a notification ordering the closure of the rest of the stores while the number of infected and hospitalized people increased.

#That same day, the first death was announced in #Wuhan, a 61-year-old man who had been, precisely, in the #Huanan market.

#Now, the clerk’s priority is to rebuild his life and save his business, although there are hardly any clients who dare to visit the gallery.

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#He also believes that even if the outbreak spread through the market, the origin of the virus could be elsewhere: “Nothing is known… why is it taken for granted? The virus could have been circulating before, right? ”#He asks, before security guards abruptly interrupt the conversation and end up expelling reporters from the scene.

#Wuhan, one year after the start of the pandemic. #Photo: EFE.

WHO WILL INVESTIGATE THE ORIGIN OF THE VIRUS IN WUHAN

#Meanwhile, preparations continue for a team of WHO experts to travel to the #Asian country next #January to investigate the origin of the virus, although it is unknown if they will have access to the samples collected in the market.

WHO epidemiologist #Michael #Ryan said in #November that “we all need to know where the virus is coming from and where it could reappear in the future,” and that the team would visit #Wuhan.

#Despite months of research, the exact origin of the coronavirus remains unknown, although it is known that it is a zoonotic virus, that is, transmitted from animals to man.

There are suspicions that certain bats native to southern #China or the pangolin could have participated in the transmission, which could have passed through more than one species before reaching humans.

#Several studies have suggested that genets could be carriers of the virus that causes covid, but it is not yet epidemiologically confirmed.

#In that sense, local newspapers like The #Paper reported in #January that “abandoned rabbit heads and animal carcasses” could be seen at the 1,000 stalls in the #Huanan market, and that traders confirmed that even pheasants and snakes were sold there.

“#Most of these markets were built 20 to 30 years ago, when drainage and wastewater treatment were relatively underdeveloped,” the #Communist #Party of #China (CPC) #Central #Commission for #Discipline #Inspection said in a report last #June. after another outbreak broke out in the #Xinfadi #Wholesale #Market in #Beijing.

The epidemic, said that report, “is a mirror that not only reflects its dirty and untidy appearance, but also shows a low level of management.”

#It remains to be seen whether the country will take decisive measures to improve hygiene in underground and semi-underground markets, closed and humid spaces where there is little ventilation.





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