Striking new evidence points to seafood market in Wuhan as pandemic origin point
Two claims in the article:Neither of the papers provides the smoking gun — that is, an animal infected with the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus at a market.
But they come close. They provide photographic evidence of wild animals, which can be infected with and shed SARS-CoV-2, sitting in the market in late 2019 — such as raccoon dogs and a red fox. What's more, the caged animals are shown in or near a stall where scientists found SARS-CoV-2 virus on a number of surfaces, including on cages, carts and machines that process animals after they are slaughtered at the market.
Live animals that are susceptible to COVID-19 were in the market in December 2019
Live susceptible animals were held in a stall where SARS-CoV-2 was later detected on a machine that processed animals in the market