COVID-19: Further Evidence that the Virus Originated in the USA

Nature did not create COVID-19 - Image cedit: Health.mil

By Larry Romanoff - 11. March 2020

It would be useful to read this prior article for background:

That contains the earlier article by Larry Romanoff from March 04, 2020

China’s Coronavirus: A Shocking Update. Did The Virus Originate in the US?

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As readers will recall from the earlier article (above), Japanese and Taiwanese epidemiologists and pharmacologists have determined that the new coronavirus almost certainly originated in the US since that country is the only one known to have all five types – from which all others must have descended. Wuhan in China has only one of those types, rendering it in analogy as a kind of “branch” which cannot exist by itself but must have grown from a “tree”.

The Taiwanese physician noted that in August of 2019 the US had a flurry of lung pneumonias or similar, which the Americans blamed on ‘vaping’ from e-cigarettes, but which, according to the scientist, the symptoms and conditions could not be explained by e-cigarettes. He said he wrote to the US officials telling them he suspected those deaths were likely due to the coronavirus. He claims his warnings were ignored.

Immediately prior to that, the CDC totally shut down the US Military’s main bio-lab at Fort Detrick, Maryland, due to an absence of safeguards against pathogen leakages, issuing a complete “cease and desist” order to the military. It was immediately after this event that the ‘e-cigarette’ epidemic arose.

Screenshot from The New York Times August 08, 2019

We also had the Japanese citizens infected in September of 2019, in Hawaii, people who had never been to China, these infections occurring on US soil long before the outbreak in Wuhan but only shortly after the locking down of Fort Detrick.

Then, on Chinese social media, another article appeared, aware of the above but presenting further details. It stated in part that five “foreign” athletes or other personnel visiting Wuhan for the World Military Games (October 18-27, 2019) were hospitalised in Wuhan for an undetermined infection.

The article explains more clearly that the Wuhan version of the virus could have come only from the US because it is what they call a “branch” which could not have been created first because it would have no ‘seed’. It would have to have been a new variety spun off the original ‘trunk’, and that trunk exists only in the US. (1)

There has been much public speculation that the coronavirus had been deliberately transmitted to China but, according to the Chinese article, a less sinister alternative is possible.

If some members of the US team at the World Military Games (18-27 October) had become infected by the virus from an accidental outbreak at Fort Detrick it is possible that, with a long initial incubation period, their symptoms might have been minor, and those individuals could easily have ‘toured’ the city of Wuhan during their stay, infecting potentially thousands of local residents in various locations, many of whom would later travel to the seafood market from which the virus would spread like wildfire  (as it did).

That would account also for the practical impossibility of locating the legendary “patient zero” – which in this case has never been found since there would have been many of them.

Next, Daniel Lucey, an infectious disease expert at Georgetown University in Washington, said in an article in Science magazine that the first human infection has been confirmed as occurring in November 2019, (not in Wuhan), suggesting the virus originated elsewhere and then spread to the seafood markets. “One group put the origin of the outbreak as early as 18 September 2019.” (2) (3)

Wuhan seafood market may not be source of novel virus spreading globally.

Description of earliest cases suggests outbreak began elsewhere.

The article states:

“As confirmed cases of a novel virus surge around the world with worrisome speed, all eyes have so far focused on a seafood market in Wuhan, China, as the origin of the outbreak. But a description of the first clinical cases published in The Lancet on Friday challenges that hypothesis.” (4) (5)

The paper, written by a large group of Chinese researchers from several institutions, offers details about the first 41 hospitalized patients who had confirmed infections with what has been dubbed 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

In the earliest case, the patient became ill on 1 December 2019 and had no reported link to the seafood market, the authors report. “No epidemiological link was found between the first patient and later cases”, they state. Their data also show that, in total, 13 of the 41 cases had no link to the marketplace. “That’s a big number, 13, with no link”, says Daniel Lucey . . . (6)

Earlier reports from Chinese health authorities and the World Health Organization had said the first patient had onset of symptoms on 8 December 2019 – and those reports simply said “most” cases had links to the seafood market, which was closed on 1 January. (7)

“Lucey says if the new data are accurate, the first human infections must have occurred in November 2019 – if not earlier – because there is an incubation time between infection and symptoms surfacing. If so, the virus possibly spread silently between people in Wuhan – and perhaps elsewhere – before the cluster of cases from the city’s now-infamous Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market was discovered in late December. “The virus came into that marketplace before it came out of that marketplace”, Lucey asserts.

“China must have realized the epidemic did not originate in that Wuhan Huanan seafood market”, Lucey told Science Insider. (8)

Kristian Andersen is an evolutionary biologist at the Scripps Research Institute who has analyzed sequences of 2019-nCoV to try to clarify its origin. He said the scenario was “entirely plausible” of infected persons bringing the virus into the seafood market from somewhere outside. According to the Science article,

“Andersen posted his analysis of 27 available genomes of 2019-nCoV on 25 January on a virology research website. It suggests they had a “most recent common ancestor” – meaning a common source – as early as 1 October 2019.” (9)

It was interesting that Lucey also noted that MERS was originally believed to have come from a patient in Saudi Arabia in June of 2012, but later and more thorough studies traced it back to an earlier hospital outbreak of unexplained pneumonia in Jordan in April of that year. Lucey said that from stored samples from people who died in Jordan, medical authorities confirmed they had been infected with the MERS virus. (10)

This would provide impetus for caution among the public in accepting the “official standard narrative” that the Western media are always so eager to provide – as they did with SARS, MERS, and ZIKA, all of which ‘official narratives’ were later proven to have been entirely wrong.

In this case, the Western media flooded their pages for months about the COVID-19 virus originating in the Wuhan seafood market, caused by people eating bats and wild animals. All of this has been proven wrong.

Not only did the virus not originate at the seafood market, it did not originate in Wuhan at all, and it has now been proven that it did not originate in China but was brought to China from another country. Part of the proof of this assertion is that the genome varieties of the virus in Iran and Italy have been sequenced and declared to have no part of the variety that infected China and must, by definition, have originated elsewhere.

It would seem the only possibility for origination is the US because only that country has the “tree trunk” of all the varieties. And it may therefore be true that the original source of the COVID-19 virus was the US military bio-warfare lab at Fort Detrick. This would not be a surprise, given that the CDC completely shut down Fort Detrick, but also because, as I related in an earlier article, between 2005 and 2012 the US had experienced 1,059 events where pathogens had been either stolen or escaped from American bio-labs during the prior ten years – an average of one every three days.

Notes

(1) https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/CjGWaaDSKTyjWRMyQyGXUA

(2) https://science.sciencemag.org/content/367/6477/492.full

(3) Science; Jon Cohen; Jan. 26, 2020
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/wuhan-seafood-market-may-not-be-source-novel-virus-spreading-globally

(4) https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30183-5/fulltext

(5) https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30183-5/fulltext

(6) https://wjw.wuhan.gov.cn/front/web/showDetail/2020011109036

(7) https://wjw.wuhan.gov.cn/front/web/showDetail/2020011509040

(8) https://sciencespeaksblog.org/2020/01/25/wuhan-coronavirus-2019-ncov-qa-6-an-evidence-based-hypothesis/

(9) https://virological.org/t/clock-and-tmrca-based-on-27-genomes/347

(10) https://applications.emro.who.int/emhj/v19/Supp1/EMHJ_2013_19_Supp1_S12_S18.pdf

Author:

Larry Romanoff is a retired management consultant and businessman. He has held senior executive positions in international consulting firms, and owned an international import-export business. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai’s Fudan University, presenting case studies in international affairs to senior EMBA classes. Mr. Romanoff lives in Shanghai and is currently writing a series of ten books generally related to China and the West. He can be contacted at: . He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

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Globalists Susceptible to Their Own Virus

Amazing Polly March 7th, 2020.

This Covid-Cor0nA virus thing is damaging the Glob@lists' network and exposing their weaknesses!

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China government spokesman says U.S. army might have brought virus to China

MARCH 12, 2020

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday that the U.S. military might have brought the coronavirus to the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has been hardest hit by the outbreak.

“When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!” Zhao tweeted in English.

(This story corrects typo in headline to “brought” not “bought”)

Reporting by Beijing newsroom; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Mark Heinrich

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Is Amazon Secretly Working on a Cure for the Common Cold?

Maybe...but no one really knows why.

By Courtney Linder - 11. March 2020

Coronavirus structure

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  • Amazon is working on a cure for the common cold as part of its secretive "Project Gesundheit," skunkworks group, according to a report in CNBC.
  • Grand Challenge, a research and development group under Amazon Web Services, heads the years-long effort.
  • According to WebMD, there are about one billion estimated cases of the common cold each year in the U.S. The CDC estimates that adults contract an average of 2-3 colds per year.

Medical researchers have been seeking out a cure for the common cold for nearly 70 years, all to no avail. Now, an unlikely vaccine development group thinks that it can realize the ever-elusive solution—and it's happening at Amazon.

A small group of the tech company's employees, part of a skunkworks group called "Grand Challenge," have been quietly working on a cure over the last few years, according to a report in CNBC, and the effort is called "Project Gesundheit." According to that report, Grand Challenge hopes to create a vaccine, but is also investigating other cures or prevention methods.

While it's generally understood that it's near-impossible to come up with a vaccine—given that there are so many strains of rhinovirus and coronavirus, which cause the weeklong illness—Amazon could isolate the most common strains of these viruses and look for a cure. But even then, cold-causing viruses are known for their ability to mutate and develop resistance to drugs.

The history of searching for a common cold cure also is full of noble-yet-failed attempts. These efforts date back to the 1950s, when the rhinovirus was first isolated, and continue up through 2019, when Stanford researchers said that they've developed a way to pause reproduction of rhinoviruses for a possible vaccine.

Attempts To Cure The Cold

1956: Rhinovirus first discovered - Dr. Winston Price at John Hopkins University was the first to isolate the rhinovirus, a class of 160 viruses that are known to cause the common cold. They're among the smallest viruses, with a diameter of about 30 nanometers (by comparison, the smallpox virus is about ten times larger). KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Getty Images

Amazon certainly has the money to fund this research, but why would an e-commerce company want to do battle with the common cold? Amazon hasn't publicly acknowledged Grand Challenge so it's unlikely we'll know in the near future, though Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is known for his grand—if not entirely plausible—ideas.

In any case, Amazon is not alone. The Stanford team continues its search for a possible cold vaccine, and researchers at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, are doing the same.

But if history is any indicator, you'll still need to stock up on chicken noodle soup and Tylenol for the foreseeable future.

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