Friday, May 22, 2020

Hmm …

… COVID-19: Controversy on origin of virus resurfaces, thanks to a new study | Deccan Herald.

"There is no evidence that this virus came from either an animal or from a laboratory, so we should either rule both possibilities out or rule them both in. As a scientist we have to say both scenarios remain possible, till we rule one out. This has not been done yet," said Petrovsky who is researching a vaccine against the pandemic.

1 comment:

  1. That's the unknowing that scientists need to stay in until settled, what is needed in forensics. It does not sit well with people who want to place a belief bet on something. Socrates was the wisest person alive because he was the only one who knew he did not know anything.

    The original bunch of suspects, if this was planted through a lab, was an international symposium on the corona virus that took place near Wuhan in October. The lab idea that this spawned was that the virus was developed in a lab, an idea that was never necessary to support the lab idea. It's an idea that has been eliminated, because the history of the virus is in the microbiology of it. Even if no one investigating is on the right path, at least that path has been eliminated.

    The lab idea, then, is that it was leaked either by accident or by a mad scientist or by organized design, spilled into the public. Conspiracy theories remain possible, but none are to bet the house on. Of the deviousness theories, that some country planted the virus, would be an act of biological warfare. But which country? Don't bet the house on any single country. It may be none of the usual suspects --assuming conspiracy in the first place.

    The Wuhan wild life market idea is weakened by the encoded history and that some of the first infected people found in Wuhan, never went to those wet markets. Last I read, the virus' viral origin dates back possibly to October, but no later than early December.

    All we know, is that the virus has been tracked back to Wuhan, but no further than that. The questions the forensics need to answer, is how did it get to Wuhan? Where and from what and/or whom did it come from? Was it a criminal act or a purely natural disaster?

    When a suspicious death takes place in a community, citizens usually have to wait and see, lock their doors, until forensics point investigators to the killers or show it accidental. In this case, the community is the whole world. We need to wait to see if killers are to blame, and if so, who are they? Thus the possibility that even if we need to know, we may never. Cold cases abound.