New Delhi: A scientist who earlier responded to the first-ever Covid-19 cases in China now thinks that WHO got the Pandemic Chronology wrong. A new analysis suggests that the first known patient sickened with the coronavirus was a vendor in a large Wuhan animal market and not an accountant who lived miles away.
Micheal Worobey, The scientist argues that the vendor’s ties to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, as well as a new analysis of the earliest hospitalized patients were connected to the market. He strongly believes that the pandemic began there.
Worobey argued, “In this city of 11 million people i.e. Wuhan, half of the early cases are linked to a place that’s the size of a soccer field, it is very difficult to explain that pattern if the outbreak didn’t start at the market.”
Worobey added, at the end of December 2019, doctors at several Wuhan hospitals noticed mysterious cases of pneumonia arising in people who worked at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. The place is a poorly ventilated space where seafood, poultry, meat, and wild animals were sold. On 31st December, the situation started to worsen up and public health officials told hospitals to report any new cases linked to the market.