New CDC Coronavirus Study Is a Mindblower
We have all been told that on December 31st of 2019 the Chinese government reported the first outbreak of the novel coronavirus at a Wuhan wet market. You’ve likely seen more pictures of those cute pangolins than you can count. However, a CDC study published this week casts serious doubt on that story. Let’s dive in.
The Wet Market
A Chinese wet market is a place where live animals are kept which are often butchered on-site. While this seems bizarre to modern American and European sensibilities, having been in China many times, there is pride in VERY fresh food. I’ll never forget a business dinner when the waiter brought out some sort of insect cocoons that were writhing and squirming to show us that the kitchen was about to boil them. They soon appeared on the table. Meaning, while most Americans don’t like to think about our food as having once been alive, in China it’s a critical measure of quality.
The narrative that we all have been told about the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic is that in late December, there was a cluster of cases at a wet market in Wuhan and that the next day, the Chinese government shut down that wet market. Those two dates are December 31st of 2019 and New Year’s Day. We were also told that the novel coronavirus jumped from a pangolin to humans at that site. However, what if we had evidence from the US CDC that none of this was likely true?Request a Regenexx Appointment
The NEW CDC Study
A new paper was released this week by the US CDC. Scientists decided to test thousands of Red Cross blood samples that were mostly collected in mid to late December, long before the Chinese government reported on New Year’s eve about an outbreak in a Wuhan wet market (1). It turns out that 1.2% of those samples collected in the western U.S. tested positive for COVID-19 immune antibodies. So while the Chinese government was claiming that this jumped from a pangdolin to a human at a wet market in mid-December, we already had more than 1% of the population of the western US who had experienced the virus, recovered, produced immune antibodies, and were healthy enough to give a blood donation. Meaning that this virus was likely introduced into the U.S. sometime in the fall.
Realize that our first U.S. COVID-19 case was previously reported to be on January 19th, 2020. Of note, the Red Cross just issued a press release basically accepting the new CDC timeline (2). While it’s possible these findings are due to cross-reactivity with a prior coronavirus, the CDC team used multiple different tests which are in common diagnostic use today.
How About that Pangolin?
None of the animals in the wet market tested positive, which was reported back in March in Live Science (3). The researchers did find that the virus was on the surfaces in the wet market, indicating that it was already spreading from person to person in Wuhan by December.
The upshot? It’s now very likely that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was circulating in the western US in the fall and early winter. That data combined with negative animal tissue tests for the virus forces the conclusion that this virus did not originate at the Wuhan wet market. That leaves one obvious question. Where did it come from?
(1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Serologic testing of U.S. blood donations to identify SARS-CoV-2-reactive antibodies:
December 2019-January 2020 . https://tinyurl.com/y6mgh72z Accessed 12/3/20.
(2) The American Red Cross. Study Suggests Possible New COVID-19 Timeline in the U.S. https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/press-release/2020/study-suggests-possible-new-covid-19-timeline-in-the-us.html Accessed 12/3/20.
(3) Live Science. The coronavirus didn’t really start at that Wuhan ‘wet market’. https://www.livescience.com/covid-19-did-not-start-at-wuhan-wet-market.html Accessed 12/3/20.