This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). (CDC via AP)
UPDATED 7:00 AM PT – Sunday, June 27, 2021
Retrieved genome data of COVID-19 has confirmed the virus was circulating long before the outbreak was officially announced.
In a new study conducted by Dr. Jesse Bloom of the Fred Hutchinson Center in Seattle, he found COVID-19 did not originate from a wet market in Wuhan, China. Dr. Bloom, who is a evolutionary biologist, said the jury is still out on whether the virus jumped from animals to humans. However, he noted that there is still missing information that may fill in the gaps.
His assessment came after the doctor recently retrieved data that had been deleted from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) database upon a request by China. Dr. Bloom found immune systems of younger people recognize and destroy COVID-19, which can only happen after years of exposure.
Dr. Bloom has asked Chinese officials why they were asking the NIH to delete COVID-19 genome data, but he has not heard back from them as of yet.