"Starting in late 2019, a novel strain of coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, began
infecting human beings for the very first time. Discovered in samples of
patients that were reporting pneumonia-like symptoms in late 2019 but without
an identifiable origin, no human had ever reported knowledge of or contact with
the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2: the virus behind COVID-19. Subsequently,
outbreaks, epidemics, and eventually an entire global pandemic ensued; at
present, over 165 million people have been infected worldwide, resulting in
nearly 3.5 million confirmed deaths thus far.
For many years, virologists, disease ecologists, and many other medical and
biological researchers had been predicting that it was only a matter of time
before the next pandemic arrived, including details such as how it would arise
and what the most effective strategies for combating it would be. Despite the
enormous scientific knowledge humanity has gained, however, an unfounded
conspiracy theory about the virus’s origin has gained a lot of traction: that
it was genetically engineered with the purpose of infecting humans, that it was
leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and that’s where it came from.
Most recently, disgraced journalist Nicholas Wade has penned an error-filled,
misleading piece promoting this nonsense, but the science tells a different
Via Kevin O'Brien, who wrote "Rand Paul is an idiot. But then, that much has
always been obvious."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics