With the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, still, not under control many people have asked about how the coronavirus may have originated. The most popular theory is often the one that has no truth to it, like blaming bat soup for the Wuhan virus because that is nothing short of ‘Vile’. In a popular science magazine, there was an article about the Wuhan coronavirus wet market and, early reporting on the 2019 COV suggested that many cases had connections to the seafood market in Wuhan City.
On Feb 7, Friday Chinese state media reported that 585 samples taken at the market yielded 33 positive matches for the coronaviruses DNA, 31 of them in the area that sold undomesticated creatures like beavers and snakes the results suggest that the novel coronavirus outbreak is highly relevant to the trading of wild animals but outside research into the illness suggests that the disease may not have come from the market after all rather it may have come into the market.
Speaking to science Georgetown University infectious disease specialist Daniel Lucy he noted that since the virus seems to have an incubation period of up to 14 days and the first reported case emerged on December 1st it’s possible that the initial human infection took place in November. Since the virus presents only cold-like symptoms in many individuals patient zero whoever they are, could have spread it to others long before health officials knew what to look for.
That means it could have infected humans before even making it to the market under scrutiny in an interview published by the infectious disease society of America’s global health blog Lucy called for scientists to look beyond the horn and seafood market. It was stressed upon to test animals and humans involved in the supply chain of infected animals animal to person transmission of the virus could have occurred in one or more multiple markets or restaurants or farms or with wild animals legal or illegal trade.
“I think there is a lot more to be done in terms of both the genetic sequencing as well as the analysis of the epidemiological investigation before we’re all going to be confident or that we know how this started”, he said.
The widely reported story about the disease’s origin in the seafood market echoes what happened with SARS in 2003, says Brown University medical anthropologist Catherine Mason.
Many blamed that disease which ultimately killed seven hundred and seventy-four people on civet cats from another wet market, later research traced the infection back even further showing it had initially jumped to civet cats from bats. The disease didn’t start with the civet cats they were just a step on the way, to really understand a pathogens provenance and evolution you have to look more closely the origins of 2099 COV remained mysterious but wanan or other wet markets may well have helped it spread.
It is certainly possible that this virus has been circulating in humans prior to early December says Columbia University epidemiologist Ian Lipkin, but there is no question that this virus moved to humans from an animal source he says. With their mix of wild and domesticated animals, he adds wet markets are risks to public health but these locations aren’t alone in their ability to help spread disease. Other habits that seem less exotic to those in the United States like farming pigs and travelling internationally can play a crucial role in enabling outbreaks.
Even industrialized food chains in the United States spread foodborne bacterial contagions, everything from lettuce to ground beef with dangerous frequencies. Painting a picture of where disease comes from is more complicated than one source and 2019 CoV is a tangled web we must still work to unravel.
The Wang Mannion video, which shows people eating bat soup that went viral was not even filmed in China, it was filmed in Palo what eating bats are customary. Even then when bat meat is cooked and prepared correctly any bacteria and viruses are killed in the process, so using this video to illustrate racist propaganda is just wrong. As we look in detail at the cases of the first 41 people hospitalized with a coronavirus the scientists found that 13 cases had no link to the marketplace including the first case of the virus on December 1st as reported in Science magazine.
Let me introduce you to the food industry in China there are four reasons why this Wuhan virus could have been from many different places.
Number one, there is a lack of government regulation over food safety practices. They are trying very hard to change this however there is a lack of education around food hygiene for the citizens, the food industry is also corrupt and impossible to regulate due to a survivalist capitalist greed mentality
This makes a terrible mix, leading to copious instances of blackmailing by the government regulators and government officials. Of course, everyone’s out for for the bottom dollar and this kind of thing keeps going on, for example, the practice of gutter oil where food stall owners or restaurant owners collect discarded sewage grease, boil it down and then reuse it to prepare food in it.
So eating at the Chinese food markets, it’s common knowledge that when you eat it these markets you will generally experience gastrointestinal distress from diarrhoea and food poisoning. Bats are generally not seen as a food in China, with Chinese people considering it disgusting. No Chinese people would eat bats, regardless of whether the Chinese people did eat bat soup or not however if it was prepared and cooked correctly the virus would not survive above 165 degrees Fahrenheit which is the boiling point of water.
Mr. Zhao is a writer and a journalist spent a long time dealing with Chinese food scandals and he wrote a book about the Chinese food industry; his book is called What Kind of God: A Survey of the Current Safety of China’s Food.
The book became an international bestseller back in 2004 when it was published, however, the book was banned immediately in China as the government didn’t want the rest of the world to know how horrible the food the industry is in China. Looking at the general trend in China children aren’t even looking like children anymore.
Roaming the streets of China, back in 2017 I noticed this phenomenon for the first time. If I hadn’t witnessed it with my own eyes, I never would have believed that the very mature girl standing a few feet from me who I believed was a teenager, was only a seven-year-old, The girl had already started menstruating, and had developed breasts.
Premature puberty is not uncommon in Beijing these days, apparent by the six-year-old boys roaming the streets, who have already started to grow facial hair. At the root of this phenomenon, our dangerous antibiotics found in popular children’s food products are to blame. Due to a child’s digestive system not being able to break down the chemicals which accumulate in their bodies, which has led to an alarming increase of premature puberty cases in China.
The most dangerous products are chemically polluted seafood, the writer believes that it was for this reason that Guangdong perhaps was the very first city to become a carrier of SARS because they consumed civet cats. The book also talks about the melamine controversy with the baby formula and the children’s products causing big-headed babies, who perished sadly from being poisoned by these products. The book is no longer available or being published anymore, however, you can find an excerpt of the book here so you may read it for yourself.
The coronavirus is proof that the food industry in China is still corrupt and unchanged since the 2003 SARS outbreak we are fortunate that we live in Pakistan. and other regulated countries where we can somewhat trust the food industry to some extent, in terms of sanitation practices. The people of China don’t have a choice on where they get their food, and we need to find compassion for those who are living in China. It is no excuse to be racist, and nothing will happen if we blame and discriminate against the Chinese people who live in your city. It is not the fault of the citizens of China, it is the result of a corrupt government system.
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17 November, 2019