Origin of the coronavirus - German virologist Drosten with new theory
While the source of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 has been puzzled for a long time, Christian Drosten has now expressed himself with a previously unknown theory to the English newspaper "The Guardian".
So Drosten believes that the corona pandemic started in China, but on the other hand he does not assume "that it started in the food market in Wuhan". According to Drosten, it was more likely that the pandemic would start where "the animal - the intermediate host - was bred".
"There is interesting information from the old Sars literature," Drosten said and continued, "This virus was found in civet cats, but also in raccoon dogs - something the media has overlooked." The virologist told The Guardian that raccoon dogs are a huge industry in China. They were bred on farms and caught in the wild for their fur, according to Drosten. Raccoon dogs are similar in appearance to raccoons, but there is no relationship.
"If someone gave me a few hundred thousand dollars and free access to China to find the source of the virus, I would do research in places where raccoon dogs are raised," said virologist Christian Drosten. In an interview with the Guardian, the German virologist spoke not only about the possible location of the coronavirus, but also about death threats that he had received because of his role as one of the leading corona experts in the Federal Republic.