SARS-CoV-2 virus may exist in the world since 2013

SARS-CoV-2 virus may exist in the world since 2013
SARS-CoV-2 virus may exist in the world since 2013

The SARS-CoV-2 virus can exist in the world since 2013, said the head of the prevention and control of infectious diseases at the University Hospital of Geneva, the Swiss inventor of the hand sanitizer formula Didier Pitte.

“It remains unclear that in 2013 in China, about 1,100 kilometers from Wuhan, in caves that cavers investigated, a virus was found that was very similar - 96% - to COVID-19, and it could infect people who worked in this cave. And what remains unclear is that this virus may have been detected by one of the laboratories in Wuhan. There are several laboratories that work with coronaviruses. Publications, dissertations have been made by people who work in these laboratories. But these dissertations have disappeared. Besides, when you work on a new virus, it is frozen. But it turned out that the laboratory did not find this specimen. And this is a little worrisome, "he said.

According to him, this does not indicate that SARS-CoV-2 was created in the laboratory, "but it does indicate that it may have been hidden from us that a virus very similar to COVID-19 was discovered. already in 2013, eight years ago."

"And for the virus to become a pandemic, it is necessary that it has circulated in nature for some time. So, perhaps, this virus has been with us much longer than we can imagine," said Pitte.

The expert added that there were other indirect indications of this.

"So, in the fall of 2019, the Military Olympic Games were held in the Wuhan region. And a number of teams fell ill with symptoms similar to the flu. And there were also athletes who were unable to take part in the Games because of this, which is unusual for military athletes. So, that the virus has already existed and there is evidence that it was in Europe even earlier than it was announced, "the scientist said.

Pitte stressed that this situation deserves a detailed investigation. Not only to better understand how long it takes for the virus to develop to the scale of a global pandemic, but also in order "to better respond next time in terms of preventing similar situations."

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