Personal Health Lessons for Living in the Pandemic
28 April, 2021 | Raja
Where did the Coronavirus Come From?
Most scientists say that the novel coronavirus came from nature. With much of the world gripped by COVID-19, the story of how the virus originated remained a mystery. These gaps in knowledge about the virus’s precise origin led to conspiracy theories. The conspiratorial belief that COVID-19 is a human-made virus, that it kills your soul, steals your DNA, and is a hoax, became widespread, and all this time, COVID-19 kept spreading like wildfire. Simultaneously, several groups emerged around the world saying no to masks and social distancing, and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter And Instagram became the primary medium for it all. Our momentary ignorance of the virus was hurting our efforts to contain it in many ways.
Based on the current analysis of the virus, scientists say that the similarity of its genetic material is closest to that of a bat. It is believed that a bat infected another animal, which infected a human. This type of virus spreads from one species to another, known as a zoonotic virus. Previously occurring SARS and MERS viruses are also examples of viruses that spread from one species to another. Some such viruses are mild, while others spread quickly and potentially cause many deaths. When a new virus emerges, humans have no immunity against it, and that’s why it is important to understand where the virus came from to address it adequately.
The COVID-19 virus is a pointy protein shaped like a crown, that adheres to the body’s cells infecting it. This protein type has never been seen before, which suggests that this virus came from nature and not a lab. The COVID-19 outbreak was first witnessed in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and according to the World Health Organization, the origin of the COVID-19 virus was the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.