Scientists of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China, where the first cases of Covid-19 originated, in a video, had revealed been bitten by bats who may have been infected.
While the SARS-Cov-2 virus or Covid-19 emerged in Wuhan in end 2019, the video is dated much earlier, from 2017.
The video, which is almost two years before the coronavirus pandemic struck Wuhan, and then later the world, showed WIV scientists working on ‘live viruses’ without a PPE kits, apparently breaching World Health Organisation safety rules.
In the video one researcher says that “one animal’s fangs had gone through his rubber gloves like a needle” while he was collecting samples in a cave.
The video also then cuts to a person’s limb showing swelling from another bite. The narrator of the video points out the fact that bats can carry a variety of potent viruses.
These revelations raises the possibility that the scientists may have become infected with a coronavirus from the bat bite, and it could even be the virus we now identify as Covid-19, and may explain how the virus jumped from bats to humans in the first place.
Many experts fear the coronavirus could have spread from another Chinese lab that housed 600 bats which attacked and “peed on” scientists.
One researcher at the Wuhan Center for Disease Control (WCDC) who was urinated on also had bat blood on his skin and was forced to quarantine himself, an academic journal claimed.
A research paper, titled ‘The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus’, reported that one researcher named only as JH Tian “was once attacked by bats” and that “the blood of bat was on his skin.”
According to the journal, Tian isolated himself for 28 days after the “bats peed on him.”
The paper states: “… the Chinese horseshoe bats were natural reservoirs for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) which caused the SARS outbreak in 2003.”
The revelations raise fresh questions for the WHO team which is investigating the first place the virus was found: at a Wuhan wet sea-food market, where the virus seemed to have originated and is sealed since then.
The 13-member WHO team which arrived in Wuhan on to probe the origins of COVID-19 are currently put up in a hotel in Wuhan to serve 14-day quarantine.