Nov 23, 2021
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Found a new “candidate” for the role of the first infected with COVID-19

The first person to be infected with coronavirus is officially a 41-year-old accountant. The WHO report says that he became infected on December 8, but the “zero patient” himself noticed the first symptoms on December 16, which he even announced to the Chinese press. He got to the hospital only on the 22nd. According to Dr. Warobey, the confusion in the data may have arisen from the fact that before the alleged “patient zero” showed symptoms of viral pneumonia, he underwent dental surgery in the hospital on December 8.

In light of numerous questions to the WHO report on the origin of the coronavirus, Dr.Warobay revised the chronology of the pandemic. As a result, he managed to find the most likely “patient zero”: she was a woman who worked as a seller in the same seafood market in Wuhan. Symptoms, according to the official version, began on December 11, while the patient herself believes that they were observed on the 10th. After the publication of the article by Dr. Urobei, WHO disease expert Peter Daszak said that “that date – December 8 – was a mistake.”

In total, the scientist found more than a dozen references to unusual pneumonia in Wuhan until December 30, when the new disease became officially known. Moreover, most of the infected in one way or another were associated with the ill-fated seafood market. This is important for understanding how the pandemic developed, as it is now increasingly heard that the Wuhan market is not directly related to the pandemic.

The scientist also draws parallels between the development of the coronavirus pandemic and the outbreak of SARS in 2002-2004. Both diseases are caused by the related viruses SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 and were originally transmitted to humans from animals. However, the outbreak of SARS was local, for all the time about 8 thousand people were infected, 774 died. While COVID-19 claimed more than five million people worldwide.

In the case of SARS, the markets continued to sell infected animals for months. This made it possible to identify the source of the spread of the infection and to find many unrelated cases of infection. This did not work out with the coronavirus: not a single living mammal was tested, and the market itself was closed and completely disinfected on January 1, 2020. According to Warobey, it is important to determine exactly how the pandemic developed in order to prevent future ones.

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