In an interview with Sputnik, one expert explained that 96% of viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2, may have been found in caves in 2013 and that the discovery was hidden.
A virus very similar to SARS-CoV-2, responsible for this Covit-19 diseaseSputnik said Didier Pittet, an epidemiologist at the University Hospital in Geneva, Switzerland, who invented the hand sanitizer, may have been discovered in 2013.
In 2013, zoologists explored caves in China, about 1,100 km from Wuhan. [foi encontrado] 96% virus-like SARS – Cove-2 It could have spread to those who worked in the cave, “said the epidemiologist.
However, Pittet explains that it is not clear whether the virus was detected in a laboratory in Wuhan, where the first outbreak of Govit-19 occurred.
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Security personnel outside the Wuhan Virology Institute during the visit of the World Health Organization (WHO) team explored the origin of the new corona virus (Govit-19) in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
“Some publications and research papers were made by the people working in these labs [em Wuhan]. But these research articles have disappeared. Also, when you work on a new virus, it freezes [a amostra]. But it was revealed that the sample could not be found by the laboratory. That’s a little worrying, “Pittet commented.
This does not mean that the pathogen was present Artificially created, The expert says, but a virus very similar to SARS-CoV-2 was discovered in 2013 and that fact is obscured.
“To become an epidemic, the virus must spread in nature for a while. So, this virus may have been with us for a much longer time than we can imagine,” he says of the environment.
Pittet recalled that before the virus became known around the world, there was evidence that people in Europe and Asia were infected with Govt-19.
According to a study by Italian scientists, the new corona virus may have affected Europe more than China. The results showed that COVID-19 was already spreading in Italy October 2019Two months before Beijing, the world was warned of cases of pneumonia caused by an unknown disease.
So, to respond quickly the next time a similar problem arises, we need to examine the situation in detail to see how long it takes for a virus to become an infection, Pittet says.
The World Health Organization announced a new corona virus outbreak in March 2020. More than 4.2 million people worldwide have died of Govt-19 and nearly 200 million have already been affected. Second Johns Hopkins University, USA.
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