US researcher “Corona 1 patient is a street vendor at a fish market in Wuhan, China”

10 out of 19 confirmed cases are related to the Huanan seafood market
“The live wildlife market is the origin of the pandemic”

Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China. [이미지출처=AP연합뉴스]

Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China. [이미지출처=AP연합뉴스]

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[아시아경제 허미담 기자] A study showed that the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was a street vendor at a seafood market in Wuhan, China. This contradicts the findings of the World Health Organization (WHO), which initially stated that an accountant in Wuhan was the first patient, suggesting that the seafood market is the source of COVID-19.

According to foreign media such as the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and the New York Times (NYT) on the 18th (local time), Dr. Michael Warroby, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona, USA, published a paper reconstructing the initial situation of the pandemic in December 2019 in the international scientific journal Science. did. The research results were derived based on genetic data, existing papers, media reports, and interviews with early patients.

According to the paper, 10 of the 19 initial confirmed cases were directly or indirectly connected to the market, such as working, visiting, or contacting the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, China.

In addition, Dr. Warroby newly revealed that the date on which the Wuhan accountant Chun Mo, who was previously listed in the WHO report as the ‘first patient of Corona 19’, first showed symptoms of COVID-19 was December 16, 2019, not December 8, 2019, which was originally known. .

It is known that the WHO investigation team, who visited the site earlier this year, heard only the explanation of the local hospital and determined that he was the first COVID-19 patient who showed symptoms on December 8. In the meantime, the WHO took the position that this market may not be the origin of COVID-19 as it judged Chun, who had never visited Huanan Market or encountered wild animals, as the first patient.

However, through this paper, it was confirmed that at that time, Chun had a dental operation to remove a tooth and had a fever and was prescribed antibiotics. In relation to this, Mr. Chun also testified in an interview with the local media, “On December 16th, I had a fever and my heart ached. I was out of breath just talking about it.”

Dr. Worobi’s thesis stated that the first patient was not Mr. Chen, but a woman named Wei Guishan, who developed symptoms on December 11th.

The woman, a seafood vendor in Huanan Market, said in an interview with the WSJ earlier that she had developed symptoms since December 10. This suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic started in Huanan Market, and that transmission may have occurred from wild animals infected with the virus to humans, foreign media analyzed.

Dr. Warroby also noted that most of the early patients from the Huanan market visited areas selling raccoons, saying “the live wildlife market is strong evidence of the origin of the pandemic.”

However, other scientists said it is difficult to conclude that COVID-19 first started in the Huanan market from this paper alone. They responded that other possibilities, such as a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, could not be ruled out.

By Heo Mi-dam, staff reporter [email protected]

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