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Chinese Virologist Warns the World about New Pandemics to Hit Humankind

Credits: The Times of Israel

Shi Zhengli is the famous ‘batwoman’ for her work in investigating the pathogenesis and the progression of diseases in bats. She has recently stated that more deadly epidemics are in transit and all the countries need to increase their research work into the threat of deadly zoonotic diseases that transfer from animals to humans. She has also called for a more efficient international collaboration in the battle against new pandemics. Currently, the whole world is facing a coronavirus pandemic and it would not be a surprise to expect new cases of more deadly pandemics in the near future. 

This coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, in the Hubei Province of China last year. Medical experts are now convinced that this infection has been originated from a wild animal from the famous seafood market in Wuhan.

Coronavirus is still continuing to spread all across the world with more than 5.5 million cases reported in 188 countries and more than 300000 deaths by a coronavirus. Shi is the principal researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. She revealed new and conceivably more deadly viruses are still around even when the world is battling the current pandemic.

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She says that people might be able to prevent any upcoming disease outbreak. But for that, even researchers should play a part and start working ahead of time to predict any of these unknown infections. she also says that the prime importance should be given to the infections that are carried by animals like coronavirus. If researchers would not do this, there are high chances of a rather deadly pandemic in the near future. 

Rumors on social media suggest that this batwoman she and her family has escaped from China, carrying many private records to the US embassy in Paris. It was believed to be true until she was called back to her lab by the end of last year after a new respiratory condition was recognized as a new form of coronavirus.

A Chinese journalist, Gao Yu says that they came to know later that the Wuhan Institute of Virology completed gene-sequencing and related tests at the start of January. A scientific report declared that coronavirus was engineered in Chinese lab to infect humans, on purpose, raising to the controversy, is coronavirus manmade?

A professor of medicine at Flinders University in Adelaide, Petrovsky commented saying that when a new virus makes its way from animals to humans, it normally stabilizes itself on its new host. However, the new pandemic appears to be adapted to infect people even more. 

The suggestions may not be useful for researchers or governmental departments working on controlling coronavirus. There is currently no proof of a ‘viral leakage’  from the lab still there are many unanswered mysteries. 

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It could be either a remarkable incident or a sign of human involvement. There are chances that this incident was an accident and turned out that humans could be a perfect host to sustain this new coronavirus. This new theory sparks a new fear that probably coronavirus was developed in the virology lab and this pandemic is actually the viral testing on human subjects.

The United States and British intelligence officials have blamed virologists at the Wuhan institute for accidentally spreading the disease while testing this dangerous virus on bats. They insisted that Covid-19 was genetically made in the Wuhan lab as China wanted to prove that it has a more significant role than the US in controlling the world order. 

Conclusively, most researchers are of a belief that the novel coronavirus has spread from bats to humans through an intermediary species that was sold at a seafood market in China. They have also almost rejected this conspiracy theory that the virus could have been engineered in a laboratory on purpose. Still, it is too early to make a conclusive statement on coronavirus origin and entry. Probably with more extensive research, it would have some scientific evidence to support any information on it. 

About the author

Fariha Munir

Fariha is a Microbiology graduate and working as a freelance content writer. Her major areas of interest are nutrition, diseases, research, and medical diagnostic technologies.

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