Much has been speculated about ground zero of the Coronavirus that has ravaged through Chinas and spread across Europe. However, one question that has remained on the mind of people around the world is the origin of the virus.
Some claim it is a human-made strain that was developed in a Chinese laboratory, while religious zealots have termed it one of the signs of the end times.
Scientists believe this killer disease got released from a research facility in the Wuhan wet fish market region of the Hubei province in China.
Another interesting claim by the reputable Beijing-sponsored South China Technology University, in the form of a journal, claims that the WHCDC – Wuhan Center for Disease Control – might have contributed to the spread of the contagion in the Hubei province of Wuhan.
The scholars involved in the work Lei Xiao and Botao Xiao report that the possible origin of this strain could have stemmed from the harboring of disease-ridden animals like bats.
A notable mention was that one of the researchers involved in the Wuhan facility even had bat blood on his skin when the authorities came in to quarantine the facility.
The report made mention of staying safe in the face of this contagion by wearing masks and using quality non latex gloves in public spaces.
The genome sequence taken from patients showed between 89% to 96% identical properties with the Coronavirus originally found in intermediate horseshoe bat.
The report also covers the journey of local bats from the Wuhan seafood market, around 600 miles from the site of the outbreak, which makes the probability of bats migrating from the Zhejiang and Yunnan provinces slim.
For Europeans who have received alerts of the virus in their country, it is suggested that you follow the protocols provided by your government. The most basic safety measures involve staying indoors- for those who are in the Asian region – wearing latex-free gloves and face masks to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.