Wuhan Lab Researchers Hospitalized with COVID-Like Symptoms in Fall 2019

One year ago, everyday citizens were drenched in coverage of coronavirus, and most wanted to know more than just that the world might be ending, that their freedoms were up for debate, and that their lives had already been altered for two months and counting. They had questions. Chief among them was how. How did the novel virus that had changed life forever originate? Who is responsible? What are the facts?

Our most influential voices were not interested in asking those questions though. Instead, they told us the virus originated from a seafood market in China that sold pangolins. Nothing to see here, that’s the reason. And when people questioned that story, they were attacked, kicked offline and called dangerous conspirators. Twitter suspended Dr. Li-Meng Yan for daring to say that she had scientific evidence that suggests that the virus originated from a Chinese lab.

Now, months later, there’s growing evidence that those in power lied to us. The latest comes via a report published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday that revealed three researchers from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in November 2019 with symptoms mirroring COVID-19, according to a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report.

The details of the reporting go beyond a State Department fact sheet, issued during the final days of the Trump administration, which said that several researchers at the lab, a center for the study of coronaviruses and other pathogens, became sick in autumn 2019 “with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness.”

The date, November 2019, is eye-opening. Epidemiologists and virologists believe SARS-CoV-2 first originated in Wuhan, and Beijing says the first confirmed case came on Dec. 8, 2019.

The lab leak theory that so many called a conspiracy theory now appears far more plausible.

David Asher, a former U.S. official who led a State Department task force on the origins of the virus for is inclined to believe that, given the symptoms, it’s hard to conclude the three researches didn’t suffer from early cases of COVID-19.

“I’m very doubtful that three people in highly protected circumstances in a level three laboratory working on coronaviruses would all get sick with influenza that put them in the hospital or in severe conditions all in the same week, and it didn’t have anything to do with the coronavirus,” the WSJ quoted him saying.

Much of the conversation may shift now to “what if this was taken seriously earlier…” I don’t know the answer to that, and neither does anyone else. But it should signal a full-on investigation, a popular idea these days with the new 9/11-style commission tasked with blaming Jan. 6 on someone.

“While the lab hypothesis is being taken more seriously, including by Biden administration officials, the debate is still colored by political tensions, including over how much evidence is needed to sustain the hypothesis,” the WSJ adds.

All in all, the people who decide what is credible and what is conspiratorial are hacks. Ask yourself this: how much of what we’ve been told to believe and accept about COVID has been true?

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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    • Meh, I think the lab leak hypothesis carries a lot of water and is probably the most plausible explanation as to how this all happened. But… the hypothesis that it was released on purpose is taking it a giant leap further and will be nearly impossible to prove.

      I definitely wouldn’t put it past China to intentionally use a bio-weapon though. One could argue China benefitted the most from this whole thing given how it wrecked the world’s economy and they became stronger in the process.

      I personally think it was an accident and they swept it under the rug while the WHO and everyone else looked the other way. Either way, getting some answers in November would have saved the world a lot of headaches.

      • Okay, that is fine.
        But ask yourself this question:
        Does Donald Trump win the 2020 November 3 election if the Chinese coronavirus doesn’t kill millions and tank the economy in less than 6 months?

        Now that isn’t a conspiracy theory question, it is a pretty legitimate question with the evidence in this article and the timing of it, as well.

  1. I believe it was bungled by the Chinese first at the lab and then in the government. But it is still very possible that once they found out it was out the continued to allow travel out of Wuhan because in the long run it would hurt the world and Trump and help China, and what do you know, everything worked out that way. Conspiracy? Maybe, but if the shoe fits.

  2. If you read the extremely detailed piece by Nicholas Wade at medium.com you will probably conclude that this is not just plausible but likely. Also, since funding for the research probably came from the United States, China was not alone in wanting to hide the facts.

  3. I knew this last April. There’s a YouTube channel, the name of which unfortunately I lost track of, that covered this. He went to the official Chinese Wuhan lab website (he spent 10 years living in China so can read mandarin) and found out about a patient 0 whose name and picture on the sites staff page was erased – literally like it was whited out and they didn’t even bother re-formatting the page to hide the obvious void. That’s because obviously most visitors to the site are Chinese citizens who don’t don’t the right to question the CCP.

    Old news for me. Everybody else is catching up.

  4. For all the flack he takes, Alex Jones broke this story last January with Dr. Francis Boyle. Boyle made the assertion of the Wuhan lab origin on air in based on his sources. You can go look it up. You can’t get actual “news” from mainstream media anymore unfortunately.

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