You would think that uncovering the origin of an event that killed millions of people, took down major economies, and dramatically altered lifestyles worldwide would be of top priority to global leaders of free societies. You would be wrong.
Instead, civil society parliamentarians imagine more pressing global issues to fret about, like the incessantly impending, purportedly disastrous climate change brought on by free peoples enjoying the comforts wrought by abundant fossil fuels.
As far as seeking the source of the deadly COVID-19 (aka SARS-CoV-2) virus, sadly, a nothing-to-see-here-other-than-natural-origin narrative had been established in early 2020 and, to some extent, continues today. Yet, serious investigators have not given up on the search for how and where the truly catastrophic and aggressive worldwide pandemic emerged.
A primary example of dogged pursuit is “The Origin of the Virus: The hidden truths behind the microbe that killed millions of people” by investigative journalist Paolo Barnard, scientist and physician Steven Quay, and professor of oncology Angus Dalgleish.
“Origin of the Virus” is presented in three painstakingly detailed accounts from each of the three co-authors. Although the book tackles some specialized biological jargon and concepts, Origin of the Virus is a fascinating, quick read which does an outstanding job of explaining scientific practices, peer-reviewed results, and thought processes in layman’s terms.
Overall, “Origin of the Virus” is “a shocking account of the extreme experiments, of the repeated cover-ups and of the international collusions that lead to the outbreak of the worst pandemic in a century.” The book relays “compelling documentary, biological and factual evidence in unraveling a stomach-clenching account of what allowed Covid-19 to engulf the world.” It shows that there are too many “incredibly rare qualities and all in one place, which is all truly unnatural, and – what a coincidence – all of them focused at infecting human cells more than the cells of any other studied animal, bats included.”
Explored in detail is the now-familiar “gain of function” laboratory research that could very well explain the “multiplicity of pathologies revealed in patients, struck with venous thrombosis, ischaemia, cardiopathies, diarrhea, depression, chronic fatigue, loss of taste and smell, neuropathies, in addition to the acute respiratory disease at the beginning of the infection.”
All the evidence points to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in Wuhan, China, as the source of COVID-19. The spiking of coronaviruses to make them more lethal had been documented by WIV research in the past, and leaks from the Wuhan labs had also occurred. And WIV “has been taken over by the Chinese military, and the place is now being run by the top bio-weapons expert in China.”
The job of science and scientific investigations is to determine whether reasonable possibilities are probabilities and, if so, to what level.
So, based on the preponderance of carefully reviewed data, which possibilities are most probable? In the final chapter titled “A COVID Bayesian Analysis: How a ‘Bookie’ Sees the Origin” by Steven Quay, a comparison is made between two hypotheses of the origin for Covid-19. The first hypothesis hyped early in the outbreak by many prominent scientists, and a huge portion of the media and popular pundits is the zoonosis hypothesis — the proposition that the deadly-to-human virus originated naturally from animals. The second hypothesis is that a bat coronavirus “was collected in the wild, genetically manipulated in a laboratory to make it more infectious by training to attack human cells, and ultimately released, probably by accident, in Wuhan, China.” Through meticulous, rational analysis, Dr. Quay demonstrates the high probability of the lab release hypothesis over the natural origin hypothesis.
With the obvious dire consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the warning from the Preface of the book is well worth repeating: “The authors of this chilling account of events surrounding the worst health crisis in a century firmly believe that unless these facts are further investigated, and those responsible are called to account, it is highly likely the world is destined to re-live this catastrophe all over again and possibly much worse.”
• Anthony J. Sadar, a Certified Consulting Meteorologist, has researched and lectured on the dispersion of biological agents and co-authored Environmental Risk Communication: Principles and Practices for Industry, 2nd Edition (CRC Press, 2021).
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The Origin of the Virus: The hidden truths behind the microbe that killed millions of people
Authors: Paolo Barnard, Dr. Steven Quay, Prof. Angus Dalgleish
Clinical Press Ltd, September 2021
132 pages, $20.62