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Post Piecing Together the COVID-19 Puzzle: "The Economist"
Created by John Eipper on 05/03/20 4:58 AM

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Piecing Together the COVID-19 Puzzle: "The Economist" (A. J. Cave, USA, 05/03/20 4:58 am)

Here is a link to a new article in the Economist discussing the genetic origins of the Covid-19 (about 15-20 minutes read). In a nutshell, "SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) almost certainly traveled from a bat to a person via an animal in the wet market in Wuhan [China]--but it could conceivably have escaped from one of Wuhan's biological laboratories."

The pieces of the puzzle of covid-19's origin are coming to light. How they fit together, though, remains mysterious.


JE comments:  The Economist led me to a paywall (that's how economics works!), but coronavirus-related content can be accessed free after registration.  Our own Gary Moore has also pieced together what we know about the COVID-19 origin narrative.  Gary's exhaustive summary is next in the queue.

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  • Gary Moore Reflects on "The Economist's" COVID-19 Reflections (John Eipper, USA 05/05/20 4:29 AM)

    Gary Moore writes:

    Got The Economist piece.  (See A. J. Cave, May 3rd.)

    Engagingly written as always,
    but misses the larger points my prolixity was striving to make.
    Never even blinks about the absence of animal test results
    from the market, as only one example.

    I guess paywalls can
    be felicitous. It may be that nowhere but on WAIS are the
    implications in the real details confronted head-on.
    The obvious bottom line naturally moved The Economist's
    headline to some of the same imagery as mine--puzzle pieces
    and unsolved mysteries--but without ever coming up against
    the big questions that are forced out by digging beyond the
    received narrative. Not speculating beyond it, as in the conspiracy
    theories, but prying down into what can actually be seen of the

    JE comments:  Here are both articles, to save you a trip to the WAIS archives:

    A. J. Cave's post on The Economist piece:


    Gary Moore's "Wuhan Questions" (May 3rd):


    On a related note, Gary Moore assured me off-Forum that he's working on a comment about the prevailing COVID-19 conspiracy theories in China.  What surprises me is the paucity of CTs for so significant an event (bats, Chinese biowarfare, and that's about it).  Or maybe it's just my recent failure to ride in a Latin American taxi.  I've often made the point that the continent's taxistas are the best sources for conspiracy narratives.

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