The city of Wuhan and the market in Huanan, China, cannot be considered as the source of the pandemic, concludes the report by the team of scientists from the World Health Organization that investigated the origin of the coronavirus.
The investigation carried out by these experts indicates that there were initial cases that had nothing to do with the Huanan market in Wuhan, and that it is now known that in December 2019 there was a considerable transmission of the virus in the community that also cannot be associated. that place.
This information “suggests that that market was not the source of the outbreak,” says the report.
This is the first conclusion of the international mission of 17 scientists, who worked with a team composed of the same number of Chinese experts, on a 28-day visit to Wuhan, half of which were passed through the first quarantined group.
The location from which the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus initially spread remains a mystery, because, despite the fact that the market is not completely discarded, there is insufficient evidence that the health crisis caused by covid-19 has started there.
“At the moment, no firm conclusions can be drawn about the role of the Huanan market in the origin of the outbreak or about how the infection will have reached the market,” the report emphasizes.
The scientists also pointed out that studies from different countries suggest that SARS-CoV-2 may have been circulating for several weeks before the first case was detected in Wuhan.
This may suggest “the possibility of ignored circulation in other countries”, say the scientists, who consider it important to know these previous cases.
One of the most common narratives by Chinese authorities is that the virus did not spread around the world from Wuhan, but started elsewhere.