The coronavirus is “new” yet it was lab-created and patented in 2015″
The first cluster of Wuhan coronavirus infections was reported on 31 December 2019; the causal agent was identified as a novel coronavirus in early January. The origin of the virus is not clear yet, but its source is believed to be an animal reservoir as initial cases were traced to a wet market trading in a wide range of livestock; it was not created in a lab as the post claims.
Although the claim is a clear reference to the Wuhan coronavirus, given that its time of publication coincided with this virus outbreak, the patent provided in the post is for SARS-CoV, a different coronavirus which caused the 2003 outbreak that resulted in more than 8,000 cases in 26 countries. The SARS-CoV outbreak originated in the Chinese province of Guangdong, and as with the Wuhan coronavirus, evidence indicates that an animal reservoir—likely civet cats in the case of SARS-CoV—was the source of infection.
Patents for other coronaviruses, such as the avian infectious bronchitis virus, have also been used to make similar claims.
No vaccine is available for the Wuhan coronavirus as the post claims, although initial steps have been taken to begin work for a vaccine.
The World Health Organization has published recommendations for reducing the risk and transmission of infection, which include washing hands frequently and seeking prompt medical attention if you develop symptoms such as fever and cough.
Published on: 24 Jan 2020 | Editor: Flora Teoh
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