Virologist Michael Worobey says the first case of COVID-19 in China was actually days later than previously believed, and at an animal market. Worobey also believes the first case was from a woman who worked at the market, not a man who had never even been to the market in Wuhan.
Worobey believes that the information on the worker, and his own analysis of other early cases of the virus, show that the virus likely originated from an animal.
Worobey published a column in Science back in May supporting the thesis that the virus came from a lab in Wuhan. However, in his last article he is now arguing that that his research into the origin of COVID-19 “provides strong evidence of a live-animal market origin of the pandemic.”
Worobey analyzed cases reported by two hospitals before the alert was raised. In those cases there were links to the market, and cases that were not linked to the market were close geographically to the market.
He told the New York Times, “In this city of 11 million people, half of the early cases are linked to a place that’s the size of a soccer field. It becomes very difficult to explain that pattern if the outbreak didn’t start at the market. That December 8 date was a mistake.”
According to Worobey, the patient zero was reported by the WHO to had been sick from the virus starting from December 8, however he actually was not sick until December 16. This was based on a video interview Worobey found, from a case in a scientific article, and from medical records that matched the 41-year-old man.
With the new theory from Worobey, it would mean the first reported case would be the woman who worked in the market, who got sick on December 11.
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