The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was dormant long before the outbreak in Wuhan last winter and was manifested by a combination of natural factors. This conclusion was reached by a senior researcher at the Oxford center for evidence-based medicine (CEBM) Tom Jefferson.
Based on data from all over the world, the scientist expressed confidence that the virus was in various countries for some time. So, previously, traces of coronavirus were found in wastewater samples from Barcelona collected in March 2019 — nine months before the first cases of COVID-19 in China. Samples obtained in Turin and Milan last December also showed positive results.
“I think the virus was already here, and by “here” I mean “everywhere.” We may be dealing with a dormant virus that was activated by environmental conditions,” the Daily Telegraph quoted the scientist as saying.
He cited the case of a coronavirus infection on a cruise ship traveling from South Georgia to Buenos Aires.
“On the eighth day, when passengers were crossing the Weddell Sea, the first case was recorded. Was the virus in the prepared food, and activated when defrosted? ” – asked the scientist.
Jefferson drew an analogy with the Spanish flu pandemic at the beginning of the last century. From 1918 to 1920, this flu killed about a hundred million people infected every third person on Earth. The scientist, in particular, drew attention to the fact that about 30% of the population of Western Samoa died from “Spanish fever,” although they had no contact with the outside world.
According to the expert, this can only be explained by the fact that the pathogens of the virus do not come from anywhere, and do not go anywhere.
“They are always here, and sometimes something activates them, maybe the density of the world’s population or environmental conditions, and that is what we need to study,” Jefferson explained.
He admitted that the virus could be transmitted not only between people by airborne droplets but also through sewage.
The coronavirus pandemic has spread almost all over the world. Currently, more than 11.1 million infections have been recorded. Five hundred twenty-eight thousand people became victims of the virus.