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1st case of the new coronavirus traced back to November in China

Mar 15, 2020
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This item says that, "Scientists now suspect this coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, originated in a bat and somehow hopped to another animal, possibly the pangolin, which then passed it on to humans."

A quick look at the Wikipedia entry for Pangolin shows that this suspicion has been discounted.
 
Mar 15, 2020
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In the article you write:

"At the time, authorities suspected the virus stemmed from something sold at a wet market in the city. However, it's now clear that early in what is now a pandemic, some infected people had no connection to the market. That included one of the earliest cases from Dec. 1, 2019 in an individual who had no link to that seafood market, researchers reported Jan. 20 in the journal The Lancet."

Below is the corresponding reference from the linked Lancet article at https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30183-5/fulltext

"The symptom onset date of the first patient identified was Dec 1, 2019. None of his family members developed fever or any respiratory symptoms. No epidemiological link was found between the first patient and later cases. The first fatal case, who had continuous exposure to the market, was admitted to hospital because of a 7-day history of fever, cough, and dyspnoea. 5 days after illness onset, his wife, a 53-year-old woman who had no known history of exposure to the market, also presented with pneumonia and was hospitalised in the isolation ward."

This snippet from the Lancet article does not say what you are claiming it says in your article. It says that "no epidemiological link was found between the first patient and later cases."

It does not say that no link was found between the first patient and the market. So both the first patient, and later cases could have contacted it from the market without having contacted it from each other. This is not evidence of previously undetected community spread as your article is attempting to imply.
 
Apr 12, 2020
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In the article you write:

"At the time, authorities suspected the virus stemmed from something sold at a wet market in the city. However, it's now clear that early in what is now a pandemic, some infected people had no connection to the market. That included one of the earliest cases from Dec. 1, 2019 in an individual who had no link to that seafood market, researchers reported Jan. 20 in the journal The Lancet."

Below is the corresponding reference from the linked Lancet article at https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30183-5/fulltext

"The symptom onset date of the first patient identified was Dec 1, 2019. None of his family members developed fever or any respiratory symptoms. No epidemiological link was found between the first patient and later cases. The first fatal case, who had continuous exposure to the market, was admitted to hospital because of a 7-day history of fever, cough, and dyspnoea. 5 days after illness onset, his wife, a 53-year-old woman who had no known history of exposure to the market, also presented with pneumonia and was hospitalised in the isolation ward."

This snippet from the Lancet article does not say what you are claiming it says in your article. It says that "no epidemiological link was found between the first patient and later cases."

It does not say that no link was found between the first patient and the market. So both the first patient, and later cases could have contacted it from the market without having contacted it from each other. This is not evidence of previously undetected community spread as your article is attempting to imply.
If there is a link found between the first patient and the market, then it definitely is an epidemiological link between the first patient and later cases, genius.
 
Apr 13, 2020
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It seems that there is one more source stating that the virus was observed in China as soon as mi-september 2019. More interesting, there is also the next paper stating that it could have been observed in Jordan in 2012, https://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/nejmoa1211721
It would seem that article you linked is actually about MERS HCoV-EMC Rather Than SARS-CoV-2. It too is a Corona-virus , just not the one that causes Covid-19
 
Apr 26, 2020
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This item says that, "Scientists now suspect this coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, originated in a bat and somehow hopped to another animal, possibly the pangolin, which then passed it on to humans."

A quick look at the Wikipedia entry for Pangolin shows that this suspicion has been discounted.


You have apparently mis-interpreted the reading from your Wiki source. A more accurate reading is, it has not been confirmed rather than to say is has been "discounted".
 

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