Next month – a year after China reported its first death in Wuhan from what was then considered a “mysterious” new illness – 10 international experts from Denmark to Qatar will finally travel to the country to make in-depth “epidemiologic, virologic, serologic assessments” of people and animals, gather evidence, and explore how the virus appeared in the city, laying the groundwork for further study into how and where COVID-19 might have begun. Al Jazeera reports that the new study will consider the virus’ connection to bats in addition to other species, including farmed animals, with some experts saying the virus could have been circulating for some time outside of Wuhan but that it was undiscovered due to a somewhat weak public health sector.
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