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The World’s Reaction to the Corona Virus Missing a More Fundamental Point

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22.05.2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic has generated an enormous amount of media coverage, effective closing down of multiple economies, and an increasing barrage of propaganda aimed at apportioning blame to China. Whether any of these reactions are justified by the actual figures is a moot point. When the panic has subsided and countries return to normal levels of social, educational and economic activity, a sober analysis of causes and consequences will be well overdue.

The political and media generated panic over the virus has almost buried the more sober medical analyses that have been largely confined to professional medical journals. For example, a detailed investigation by the Joint Field Epidemiology Investigation Team, a specialised group that is part of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control refuted the claim that the COVID-19 epidemic originated in the Huanan seafood market. This is an allegation still repeated by western politicians and media outlets.

After an analysis of the characteristics of 27 genomes of the COVID-19 virus by scientific groups, it was possible to determine that the common ancestor of the coronavirus could be dated back to October 2019.

The significance of that date, apart from being contrary to much of the public comment by politicians, is that it coincides with the holding of the 2019 World Military Olympics in Wuhan, China. It would be an astonishing coincidence that the virus originated in that city but was not related to the holding of the games. The Chinese researchers were not alone in making the connection. Japanese and Taiwanese studies have come to an identical conclusion.

The Americans have always argued that the virus first appeared in the United States in 2020. On 11th of March 2020 however, at a hearing in the United States House of Representatives, witnesses from the United States Centre for........

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