The COVID pandemic may have started with raccoon dogs, – New York Times

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 COVID pandemic could have started with raccoon dogs - New York Times < /p>

Raccoon dogs sold at a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan may have been linked to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The New York Times writes about this, citing a study by an international group of virologists.

Starting in January 2020, scientists have been taking genetic data in and around the Huanan seafood market. they were sold there, moved to another location. The researchers took swabs from walls, floors, metal cages and carts that could be used to transport infected animals.

In these samples, scientists found the genetic material of raccoon dogs infected with coronavirus. These animals could transmit COVID to humans. But there is no conclusive evidence yet that an infected animal triggered the pandemic.

A detailed report with the findings of the international research team has not yet been published.

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