The Covid controversy erupts as the US contests China’s claim to the virus’s first case.

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The Covid controversy erupts as the US contests China’s claim to the virus’s first case.

A new report refutes China’s claim that the deadly coronavirus pandemic began in a live animal and seafood market in Wuhan.

The first case of the virus was thought to be in a 41-year-old male accountant who lived 20 miles away from the market.

However, according to Dr. Michael Worobey of the University of Arizona, the first confirmed infection occurred in a female seafood vendor.

Dr. Worobey, the university’s head of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, claimed the WHO misinterpreted the pandemic’s early timeline.

After local authorities warned the WHO about cases of “pneumonia of unknown causes,” Beijing alerted the world on December 31, 2019, to the first cases of the pandemic.

The early cases, according to Chinese officials, were linked to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which also sells live animals.

However, as the pandemic spread around the world, there was much discussion about whether the virus came from animals or was created.

Dr. Worobey looked at early public records about the pandemic’s timeline, such as medical journal articles and interviews with a Chinese news outlet.

Dr. Worobey concluded that the pattern means the virus originated there because at least half of the earliest cases were linked to the market in several reports.

The first known case from Xi Jinping’s secretive nation was a 41-year-old man who lived about 20 miles from the market.

According to reports, despite feeling ill on December 8, the man had no ties to the Wuhan market and did not develop COVID-19 symptoms until December 16.

Dr. Worobey claimed that the man’s early illness was caused by dental issues because he kept his baby teeth into adulthood.

“This suggests that he was infected through community transmission after the virus spread from Huanan Market,” he wrote.

“He suspected he was infected in a hospital (possibly during his dental emergency) or on the subway during his commute; he had also traveled north of Huanan Market shortly before his symptoms started.”

According to Dr. Worobey’s research, the first known case was a seafood vendor named Wei Guixian, who began experiencing symptoms on December 11.

Experts agreed with his reconstructed timeline, but pointed out that it didn’t explain how the pandemic started.

W.D.

“Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”

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