Is the lab leak conspiracy theory finally dead? (COVID)

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Two new studies published last month strongly support a natural zoonotic origin for COVID-19 centered at the wet market in Wuhan, China. Naturally, lab leak proponents soberly considered this new evidence and thought about changing their minds. Just kidding! They doubled down on the conspiracy mongering, because of course they did.

INTRO: Every since the coronavirus now known as SARS-CoV-2 was first identified as the cause of an outbreak of a mysterious severe viral pneumonia in Wuhan, China two and a half years ago, a disease that later spread to the rest of the world as the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been intense curiosity about the origins of the virus.

The most plausible hypothesis was that, like many diseases before, SARS-CoV-2 had a zoonotic origin; i.e., it developed the ability to “jump” from an animal reservoir to humans. Far less plausible, albeit not impossible, was the hypothesis that the novel coronavirus was created in a laboratory and then escaped, either through incompetence or malfeasance, a hypothesis that became more colloquially known as the “lab leak” hypothesis.

Last week, two papers were finally published that, under normal circumstances, would be, if not the final nails in the coffin of the lab leak hypothesis, getting very close, were published in Science, one examining the molecular epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 and the other demonstrating that the wet market in Wuhan was indeed an early epicenter of the pandemic. Let’s just say that, contrary to the assertions of some optimists, these studies haven’t made much of an impact on conspiracy theorists, other than to provide them with targets to try to discredit.

Before I get to the studies, though, let’s look at some background on the lab leak hypothesis and conspiracy theories.... (MORE - missing details)

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The lab leak theory also supports a zoonotic origin of COVID. It just happened in a lab. Pretending that lab leak theories ONLY involve tampering with the virus...or that a tampered strain is what naive or willfully ignorant. The Wuhan lab already had a very spotty history of safety measures, was studying coronaviruses in bats (likely having many knowingly infected specimens in a relatively concentrated area), and is a more probable source than a wet market that had been around long?
RainbowUnicorn Offline
how many hundreds of years had the wet market been operating for ?

how many hundreds of years have the wet market been sourcing animals from the same source ?

how many generations have been operating the wet market and possibly been living with covid for ?

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