The biologist Michael Worobey is considered a leading expert on the coronavirus. On Thursday, the Canadian-born scientist published an article about his new findings in the journal “Science”. Accordingly, he is said to have proven to have found “Corona patient zero” in Wuhan.
According to his article, the biologist examined cases from two hospitals in the metropolis of Wuhan, before the health authorities sounded the alarm about the virus on December 30, 2019.
Even then, the authorities identified the market in Wuhan, where wild animals and domestic animals were sold, as the location of the virus outbreak. However, critics have expressed doubts about this. Following your statements, the authorities and especially the World Health Organization (WHO) decided too early on the place of origin. The man whom the WHO stated as “patient zero” is said to never have visited the market.
According to the WHO report, the man fell ill on December 8, 2019. Worobey noted, however, that the patient wasn’t infected with the coronavirus until December 16. To this end, the scientist relied on various documents from the 41-year-old patient. An epidemic expert from the WHO investigation team at the time, Peter Daszak, was convinced by Worobey’s research. He told the New York Times newspaper that the date was a mistake.
According to the Canadian expert, he has now identified a saleswoman in the market as “patient zero”. She fell ill with the corona virus on November 11, 2019. According to Worobey, most of the other early cases also go back to the Wuhan market.
“In a city of eleven million people, half of the first cases are associated with a place the size of a soccer field,” Worobey told the New York Times. Postscript: “It will be very difficult to explain this pattern if the outbreak didn’t start in the market.”