A group of 18 scientists stated Thursday in a letter published in the journal Science that there is not enough evidence to decide whether a natural origin or an accidental laboratory leak caused the Covid-19 pandemic.
The organizers of the letter, Jesse Bloom, who studies the evolution of viruses at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and David Relman, a microbiologist at Stanford University, said they strove to articulate a wait-and-see viewpoint that they believe is shared by many scientists. Many of the signers have not spoken out before.
“Most of the discussion you hear about SARS-CoV-2 origins at this point is coming from, I think, the relatively small number of people who feel very certain about their views,” Dr. Bloom said.
He added: “Anybody who’s making statements with a high level of certainty about this is just outstripping what’s possible to do with the available evidence.”
The new letter stated: “Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover both remain viable.”
In a Sept. 15 interview, the most-watched program on cable network television aired a conspiracy theory that has been debunked since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
"Give us, for a non-scientific audience, a summary of why you believe this virus came from a lab in Wuhan," said Fox News host Tucker Carlson during his self-titled primetime show.
Dr. Li-Meng Yan wasted no time.
"I can present solid scientific evidence to our audience that this virus, COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 virus, actually is not from nature," she said. "It is a man-made virus created in the lab."
The genetic structure of the novel coronavirus, which has been shared by thousands of scientists worldwide, rules out the possibility that it was manipulated in a lab. Public health authorities have repeatedly said the virus was not created in a lab. Scientists believe the coronavirus originated in bats before jumping to humans. Experts have publicly rebuked Yan’s paper, and it’s unclear whether it was peer reviewed.
The claim is inaccurate and ridiculous. We rate it Pants on Fire!
Well there ya go! And based in Politifact's "expert" ruling--because after all, Politifact is the first andlast word on sciency stuff--FB pulled clips of the claims about the virus. Disinformation, don't cha know.
Until they show me evidence that people who have already had the infection are dying in large numbers, or being hospitalized or getting very sick, I just made my own personal decision that I’m not getting vaccinated because I’ve already had the disease and I have natural immunity," Paul said in the interview that aired Sunday.
Now Rand Paul isn't someone even my right-leaning ass agrees with very often, but in this case I'm 100% in agreement.
Putting aside all the basic "his body, his choice" arguments, he's spot on about the numbers and severity of illness when it comes to re-infection. As far as I've been able to find, people who have had COVID-19 and been re-infected are very similar to those who have a breakthrough infection after vaccination. They don't get very sick, if at all, and their viral loads are so low the risk of them infecting other people is minimal.
Now that I've agreed with Rand Paul, I feel kind of dirty.