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Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19

A new virus descended on the human species in 2019 wreaking unprecedented havoc. Finding out where it came from and how it first jumped into people is an urgent priority, but early expectations that this would prove an easy question to answer have been dashed. Nearly two years into the pandemic, the crucial mystery of the origin of SARS-CoV-2 is not only unresolved but has deepened.

In this uniquely insightful book, a scientist and a writer join forces to try to get to the bottom of how a virus whose closest relations live in bats in subtropical southern China somehow managed to begin spreading among people more than 1,500 kilometres away in the city of Wuhan. They grapple with the baffling fact that the virus left none of the expected traces that such outbreaks usually create: no infected market animals or wildlife, no chains of early cases in travellers to the city, no smouldering epidemic in a rural area, no rapid adaptation of the virus to its new host—human beings.

To try to solve this pressing mystery, Viral delves deep into the events of 2019 leading up to 2021, the details of what went on in animal markets and virology laboratories, the records and data hidden from sight within archived Chinese theses and websites, and the clues that can be coaxed from the very text of the virus’s own genetic code.

The result is a gripping detective story that takes the reader deeper and deeper into a metaphorical cave of mystery. One by one the authors explore promising tunnels only to show that they are blind alleys, until, miles beneath the surface, they find themselves tantalisingly close to a shaft that leads to the light.

2 Comments
  • John says:

    Smart people know this virus was created by communist China and communist in our White House, along with socialist infested in all aspects of government agencies from the FBI to the doj to the Supreme Court this is exactly why our forefathers wrote the Constitution against tyranny like this, time for words are over they have destroyed our country come after our children, outlawing our religion, and against the will of the people inoculated hundreds of thousands of people to the death with Biden’s death shot, how much more of a violation of God’s law our constitution in life do people have to go through to realize if they don’t wake up now they’ll never get their freedom back from this corrupt treasonous government in the words of the greatest president in the United States that we ever had “time to drain the swamp”

  • Margaret Jaeger says:

    Has anyone else read the book yet or are we relying just on all the rumors of how and where those virus started. What I want to know is…did the writer delve into the early A.M. Fox Flash News report that Hannity made declaring this virus combo was actually stolen from the Harvard Lab of dangerous and deadly germs by the 2 Chines military officers secretly posing as students of Harvard..?? The officers and the Covid mix then turned up in Wuhan where it was experimented with
    in their animal and then human subjects..? That which made it look as if China invented it,,which they actually did but not in Wuhan, but in that lab innHarvard U. I Knkw I can not be the only person who saw that Fox News Flash.

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