First COVID-19 Patient May Have Been Vendor From Chinese Market: Researcher

The first patient with COVID-19 appears to have been a woman who worked as a vendor at a market in Huanan, China, reviving debate of the possible virus origin. A male accountant who lives over 18 miles from the Huanan Market and had no connection to it was widely reported to be the earliest COVID-19 case, but the man’s initial complaints stemmed from a dental problem and his COVID-19 symptoms actually didn’t start until Dec. 16, 2019, evolutionary biologist Michael Worobey of the University of Arizona said in a new peer-reviewed paper published in the journal Science. Worobey argued that the vendor’s links to the Huanan market suggest that the virus first began spreading there, noting that the venue was also the site where most early infection cases were discovered. “This would explain the extraordinary preponderance of early COVID-19 cases at one of the handful of sites in Wuhan—population 11 …
The first patient with COVID-19 appears to have been a woman who worked as a vendor at a market in Huanan, China, reviving debate of the possible virus origin. A male accountant who lives over 18 miles from the Huanan Market and had no connection to it was widely reported to be the earliest COVID-19
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