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General information

RESEARCH ON CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 WHERE IT MOST LIKELY ORIGINATED FROM, HOW IT SPREAD.

RESEARCH I HAVE BEEN DOING IS QUITE INTERESTING
AND EDUCATIONAL.
NOTE: THIS IS NOT FROM LOCAL OR
NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS, THIS IS ONLINE RESEARCH.

THE Covid-19 coronavirus is similar to one detected in bats in China
in 2013. But a failure to act on the warnings of those who studied
it means we missed an opportunity to protect human health.
While some are now saying the Covid-19 virus passed to humans from
pangolins, it is likely that pangolins are merely victims of the infection,
like us. “From the virology evidence available to date, the virus is
almost certainly from a species of bat,” says Andrew Cunningham of the
Zoological Society of London.
The coronavirus family is a big one — it includes the common cold,
pneumonia, SARS, and the new coronavirus that’s spreading in China.
The various strains can cause very different ailments, but they have one
thing in common: an external structure that features little crown-like spikes.
The novel coronavirus and the SARS outbreak of 2003 have two things in
Common: Both are from the coronavirus family, and both most likely started
in wet markets in China.  At such markets, outdoor stalls are squeezed
together to form narrow lanes, where locals and visitors shop for cuts of
meat and ripe produce.
A stall selling Caged chickens may abut a butcher counter, where meat is chopped
as nearby dogs watch hungrily. Some vendors hock hares, while seafood stalls
display glistening fish and shrimp.Wet markets put people along with live and
dead animals — dogs, chickens, pigs, snakes, civets, and more — in constant
close contact. That makes it easy for zoonotic diseases to jump from animals
to humans.
“Poorly regulated, live-animal markets mixed with illegal wildlife trade offer a
unique opportunity for viruses to spill over from wildlife hosts into the human
population,” the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement.
In the case of SARS and the new coronavirus disease, called COVID-19, bats were
the original hosts. The bats then infected other animals, which transmitted the
disease to humans. The coronavirus has now killed at least 11,921 people and
infected more than 299,061 others.
The market where the current outbreak may have started, the Huanan Seafood
Wholesale Market in Wuhan, was shuttered January 1. Wuhan authorities banned
the trade of live animals at all wet markets there soon after, and China announced
a temporary national ban on the buying, selling, and transportation of wild
animals in markets, restaurants, and online marketplaces across the country as well.
On Monday, that ban became permanent. Farms that breed and transport wildlife
to wet markets were also quarantined and shut down.

Here’s what Chinese wet markets looked like before these new policies went into effect.

Wet markets like Huanan are common in China. They’re called wet markets
because vendors often slaughter animals in front of customers.
“That means there’s a lot of skinning of dead animals in front of shoppers and
as a result, aerosolizing of all sorts of things,” Emily Landon, an infectious-disease
specialist at University of Chicago Medicine
Coronaviruses invade the respiratory tract via the nose. After an incubation
period of about 3 days, they cause the symptoms of a common cold, including
nasal obstruction, sneezing, runny nose, and occasionally cough.
The disease resolves in a few days, during which virus is shed in nasal secretions.
There is some evidence that the respiratory coronaviruses can cause disease of the
lower airways but it is unlikely that this is due to direct invasion. Other manifestations
of disease such as multiple sclerosis have been attributed to these viruses but the
evidence is not clear-cut.

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