S. China Morning Post; Coronavirus: Scientist hit back at rumors humans engineered the deadly contagion

senior1938voice commentary

Typed from the article screenshot posted above:

Researchers say several genetic signs indicate that the coronavirus was not engineered.

A team of researchers has hit back at rumours that the coronavirus that emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year was engineered. In a paper posted on the scientific online forum Virological on Monday, the scientists – who include top epidemiologist W. Ian Lipkin from Columbia University; Edward Holmes from the University of Sydney; and Kristian Andersen of Scripps Research – said there were crucial genetic clues indicating that the coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2 , was not created in a laboratory.

Despite scientists’ repeated efforts at debunking, conspiracy theories about the still-unknown origins of the virus have been rife.

Most are based on the idea that the virus emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where researchers have built one of the world’s biggest databases of bat-related viruses and were the first to identify the new coronavirus as directly related to a wild strain found in bats. (click to read the full article)

senior1938voice comments

Three paragraphs were of concerning interest:

  1. The research published on Monday – which has not been peer reviewed – is the latest in a string of analyses and commentaries from scientist pointing to evidence that the virus was the product of natural evolution. (lacks affirmation from peer field experts)

  2. The speculation also prompted the institute’s lead researcher, Shi Zhengli, to say in a post on the social media platform WeChat: “I swear with my life, [the virus] has nothing to do with the lab”. Seems a bit overboard, but he is in China. (overboard emotion, in China he could be right)

  3. China did have an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or Sars, due to a leak from a laboratory in 2004, killing one person and infecting nine others, according state media. Pathogens do evolve, and they have a beginning. (could this have start the clock to ticking – lab in not named)

Conclusion

I did read an article that said there were mixed into the coronavirus, other viruses. If I or any reader recalls reading such and can provide a link in the comment box, I would be most appreciative.

As usual, there is no limit to what MSM will bring to your attention to establish a public panic — you will find missing is the remedy, in this case, the already known cure unless it is a patented big pharma discovery.

In this case I’ve already increased my diet intake of garlic, lemon, camote (sweet potato leaf) tea, lots of green vegetables, oranges, bananas, papaya, mangoes, grapes, nuts and such.