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Lucey: “The virus entered that marketplace, before it came out of that marketplace”

The Wuhan Seafood Market may not be the source of the global virus spread. So far, the focus has been on the Seafood Market in Wuhan, China, as the origin of the virus outbreak. However, a description of the first clinical cases published in The Lancet challenges this hypothesis.

Daniel Lucey, infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University, says; that if the new data is accurate, the first human infections must have occurred in November 2019 – if not earlier – because there is an incubation time between infection and symptoms.

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In that case, the virus may have spread undetected between people in Wuhan – and perhaps elsewhere, before the cluster of cases from the city’s now infamous ‘Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market‘ was discovered in late December. “The virus entered that marketplace before it came out of that marketplace,” Lucey claims.