“An insect escaped from the laboratory”. What’s true in the Wuhan report

“An insect escaped from the laboratory”. What’s true in the Wuhan report
“An insect escaped from the laboratory”. What’s true in the Wuhan report

The hunt for patient Zero of Covid, or the first human to have contracted Sars-CoV-2, may have brought out a sensational discovery. A discovery linked to the Wuhan laboratory. Of course, at the moment there is still no absolute and irrefutable evidence able to confirm or deny the hypothesis on the origin of the coronavirus that we are about to tell. Yet, such a track risks shuffling all the cards on the table.

Patient zero, the laboratory and the mysterious insect

So far we had taken for granted the version reported in a study published by the journal Lancet. The first person diagnosed with Covid-19 – for the record, December 1, 2019, a Wuhan, in China – would respond to the identikit of a 70enne suffering from Alzheimer’s. There is no other information, except that the elderly man was reportedly hospitalized in a city hospital and then transferred (December 29) to Jinyintan Hospital after his health deteriorated.

The Mirror however, it leaves room for another version. The one according to which the first person to have contracted the coronavirus would be none other than one Chinese woman 61-year-old nicknamed Patient Su. The mysterious lady would live about three miles from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), that is, from the laboratory from which – according to some experts – the dangerous virus that would have caused the global pandemic would have accidentally escaped. But be careful, because this version focuses on a brand new detail: the Sars-CoV-2 would have escaped from the structure “thanks” to a insect.

The discovery bears the signature of Gilles Demaneuf, a scientist who, together with a team of colleagues, is carrying out an independent investigation into the origins of Covid. Apparently, the woman would have gotten sick a November. She would have exhibited symptoms similar to those caused by Sars-CoV-2 and, for this reason, she would have been taken to the Rongjun hospital in Wuhan. We recall that the Chinese authorities have always traced the first recorded case of Covid on 8 December.

Unanswered questions

To recap: an unspecified insect, apparently infected, would have leaked from the Wuhan laboratory and infected Patient Su. The 61-year-old, according to the revelations of Mail on Sunday, would dwell in Zhoudaoquan Street, the road that passes next to the city laboratories, near one underground network – line 2 – and also not far from a People’s Liberation Army hospital that would treat some of the other early Covid cases. Furthermore, the aforementioned subway line may have helped spread the virus throughout the megalopolis.

But where would Patient Su come from? Details about him would have been revealed, by mistake, by a senior Chinese official. The latter accidentally sent a screenshot to a national medical journal containing the data on the lady. What is certain is that further details will be needed to shed more light on the history of the insect. The unanswered questions are still numerous. For example: how did the insect get infected in the laboratory? And then: how could he, in turn, infect the Chinese lady?

The prove they are few and by no means overwhelming. First, assuming the virus may actually have gotten out of the lab, we don’t know which insect would have passed it on to Patient Su. On the contrary, it seems more plausible to assume that the pathogen was able to infect someone clerk of the structure. However, it would be interesting to clarify, once and for all, the identikit of patient zero of the Covid pandemic. Once this is ascertained, it may be easier to reconstruct the entire mosaic.

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