NYT: Coronavirus pandemic could have started because of raccoon dogs
The New York Times citing an unpublished study by an unnamed international group of virologists, she said that, according to data released the day before, raccoon dogs, which were sold in a market in Wuhan, could have been involved in the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Even if a raccoon dog were infected, it is not clear if the animal transmitted the virus to humans. Another animal could transmit the virus to humans, or someone infected with the virus could transmit the virus to a raccoon dog,” the author of the article honestly admits.
Regarding the next batch of assumptions regarding the origin of the coronavirus, the newspaper clarifies that it is a rethinking of data obtained three years ago: in January 2020, smears with biomaterial were taken in and around the Wuhan Huanan seafood market. At the same time, the swabs in which the coronavirus was found contained the genetic material of different animals. As it now turned out, a large number of samples belonged to just a raccoon dog.