Where does the coronavirus originate from? What we know about WHO's investigation

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Published on 29 March 2021 at 15h58 · Updated on 30 March 2021 at 08h36
The coronavirus epidemic has been spreading all over the world for more than one year now. But the origin of the disease remains a mystery. First elements from WHO's investigation mission's report have been unveiled.

What is the butterfly effect that originated coronavirus? Covid-19 has been spreading all over the world for over a year now. Over 100 million people have been infected worldwide and about 2.3 million people have died to the virus. Half the world population has been put in lockdown this past spring, and the world is juggling between lockdown and curfew and daily life habits look like a masked ball. But how did it all started?

Many hypotheses have been made since the epidemic broke out. But the mystery around the origins of the virus remains untouched. It does not need more to see the web filled with fake news and conspiracy theories feeding the disinformation pandemic: it should be taken with a pinch of salt then. But when will we see things clearer then?

The World Health Organization is on the case and says that “all hypotheses are on the table”. Envoys went to Wuhan, China, the alleged starting point of the epidemic, to try and find out more on the origins of the pandemic. Even though nothing has been lifted on the mystery, their investigation is said to have enabled them to rule out the “highly unlikelyhypothesis of a laboratory leak.

As for the frozen food lead, considering virus had been imported to China in such goods, WHO experts have found no conclusive proof. The most likely lead is transmission from an animal species, to another one and then to humans. Even though the first animal species is likely a bat, the second species said to have passed the disease to humans has not been identified yet. Presumption of innocence for pangolin then!

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