Why New Diseases Like COVID-19 Keep Appearing in China

From Vox comes a short explainer that delves into why viruses like COVID-19 have often first taken off in China. They write:

As of early March 2020, a new coronavirus, called COVID-19, is in more than 70 countries and has killed more than 3,100 people, the vast majority in China. That’s where the virus emerged back in December 2019. This isn’t a new phenomenon for China; in 2003, the SARS virus also emerged there, and under similar circumstances, before spreading around the world and killing nearly 800.

Both SARS and COVID-19 are in the “coronavirus” family, and both appear to have emerged from animals in China’s notorious wildlife markets. Experts had long predicted that these markets, known to be potential sources of disease, would enable another outbreak. The markets, and the wildlife trade that supports them, are the underlying problem of these pandemics; until China solves that problem, more are likely to emerge.

Days ago, China’s wildlife-farming industry was permanently shut down by Chinese officials.

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  • Tormod says:

    Highly spurious conclusion drawn from TWO examples!!
    Smells more like extremely unpleasant racist propaganda.
    Take this down, it shames you disgracefully.

  • gareth says:

    Please let’s not forget that western farming has its own examples that wasn’t even as simple as facilitating cross-species infection.

    For instance vCJD (variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease) from BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy) aka mad-cow diesease is a pure piece of western scientific farming.

    Feeding diseased sheep (scrapie) bone meal to cows (totally natural food source) and thence to humans.

    The fallout from BSE continues – still Canadians who have spent any time in the UK/France between 80 & 96 cannot donate blood because there’s no widely available test. (Other timeframes cover the whole of Western Europe & Saudi Arabia).

  • SJD says:

    Watch the documentary “Unseen Enemy” made by CNN Films. You’ll think more about what is practiced in these lethally unsanitary live animal markets. SHUT DOWN THE MARKETS.

  • Harrie Baken says:

    Indeed! And do not eat other animals.

  • Don Stilwell says:

    Stop eating animal products (meat, dairy, etc.). Stop animal farming. Start by closing the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations that provide most of our meat. Hunt only to keep animal populations down, don’t eat them. Stop using antibiotics on animals to increase growth. Kill male farm animals to prevent reproduction and allow die off. Only these things will greatly diminish these diseases, will reduce resistant organisms, will prevent new organisms. And, yes, China should close the wet markets too.

  • graciela staines says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing and for your research

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