The World Health Organization (WHO) sent a team to Wuhan, China, where the virus appeared, to investigate the origins of the corona virus, which caused the illness of more than 100 million people worldwide and the death of more than 2 million 400 thousand people.
WHO Spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic shared the details of the work of the team of scientists and the findings of their research. Stating that the team focused on 4 main possibilities for the virus to spread to humans, Jasarevic said:
“The team identified four possible hypotheses for the virus to be transmitted to humans. The first of these; direct zoonotic spread from animal (eg bat) to humans, the second; through animal species, that is, from the zoonotic reservoir animal to another animal and from there to humans, the third; through the food chain (for example, through frozen meat of wild animals that could host the virus in their natural habitat), and the fourth as a result of a laboratory-related event. “
Jasarevic stated that the second possibility is the highest possibility of the virus infecting humanity and emphasized that further studies should be done in this regard.
DETAILS OF THE LABORATORY VISIT IN WUHAN SHARED
WHO Spokesperson Jasarevic explained the details of the team’s visit to the laboratory in Wuhan. Jasarevic said, “The team visited Wuhan Institute of Virology, Hubei CDC and Wuhan CDC. He saw their labs and held several meetings with the lab staff at the institute, their managers, and individually. They reviewed the health monitoring and safety programs implemented in previous years to prevent the possibility of a leak and the occurrence of such events. They also discussed their research programs and findings, ”he said.
FINDINGS SHARED AS PART OF SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION
WHO Spokesperson Jasarevic stated that the team has been acting on the findings so far and that the cooperation continues to gain more findings in the future. “As part of the scientific collaboration it is customary to share data sets for parallel analysis,” said Jasarevic. “This was done for some studies and will be discussed for other aspects that are not yet possible. The team’s report will summarize the further work and analysis that need to be carried out. In addition, it will determine the necessary studies in order to obtain more data. “WHO has said since the beginning of the epidemic, understanding the origins is important to guide current action and prevent future outbreaks.”
Jasarevic announced that the team’s full report will be made public next week.
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