We’re not quite sure what The Atlantic is trying to do here, or if China paid them to run this story. Just as the right-wing conspiracy that the coronavirus escaped from a lab in Wuhan proved to be not a conspiracy, The Atlantic is telling us that the coronavirus came not from a bat but a raccoon dog.
BREAKING: Three years into the coronavirus pandemic, researchers have found genetic evidence that appears to link the outbreak’s origin to a wild animal, @KatherineJWu reports. https://t.co/R9PMdsheOf
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) March 16, 2023
Katherine J. Wu writes:
This week, an international team of virologists, genomicists, and evolutionary biologists may have finally found crucial data to help fill that knowledge gap. A new analysis of genetic sequences collected from the market shows that raccoon dogs being illegally sold at the venue could have been carrying and possibly shedding the virus at the end of 2019. It’s some of the strongest support yet, experts told me, that the pandemic began when SARS-CoV-2 hopped from animals into humans, rather than in an accident among scientists experimenting with viruses.
“This really strengthens the case for a natural origin,” says Seema Lakdawala, a virologist at Emory University who wasn’t involved in the research. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist involved in the research, told me, “This is a really strong indication that animals at the market were infected. There’s really no other explanation that makes any sense.”
Yes, there is.
— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) March 16, 2023
“Angela Rasmussen, a virologist involved in the research, told me” pic.twitter.com/ayvWpArrxR
— Stinson Norwood (@snorman1776) March 16, 2023
@CommunityNotes do your thing
— Tony Giglio (@tonygig) March 16, 2023
Amazing timing. Tremendous really.
— Midian (@Midian_1616) March 16, 2023
— usafinks (@usafinks) March 16, 2023
The raccoon dogs were being held here: pic.twitter.com/sGgljhEdCM
— Karl Dierenbach (@Dierenbach) March 16, 2023
What a skidmark of a publication
— @damon552 (@damon5521) March 16, 2023
Laughable. This cements The Atlantic as the worst magazine in the history of magazines.
— Marlowe (@Real_Marlowe) March 16, 2023
Lololol, who wrote this Fauci and the chicoms?
— Angela🍷 (@IMissthe70s80s) March 16, 2023
So many words… so much bull crap.
— Noyb (@Noyb2021) March 16, 2023
Why are you guys so hellbent on destroying your credibility over this? This report is TRASH.
— EC (@noworthykings) March 16, 2023
How embarrassing for your platform to actually publish this
— Auntie Kurt (@AuntieKurtMadel) March 16, 2023
“A new analysis of genetic sequences collected from the market shows that raccoon dogs being illegally sold at the venue could have been carrying and possibly shedding the virus at the end of 2019.”
This is IT?
— Allen Shrugged (@AllenShrugged) March 16, 2023
Just because someone does a study doesn’t mean you have to write an article about it. “We’re just putting it out there.”
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Jimmy Kimmel provides latest evidence the ‘Wuhan lab leak’ talking points have gone out https://t.co/6hIwvHtDLX
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 2, 2023