Covid could have spread to Germany in 2019, according to new evidence that casts further doubts about the timeline of China’s origin.
Beijing did not alert the world about the mysterious virus circulating in Wuhan – the city at the epicenter of the epidemic – until New Year’s Eve 2019.
However, the catalog of studies poked holes in claims that Xi Jinping’s regime blew the whistle as soon as it realized a new disease was spreading. Experts detected numerous signs that Covid was already in Europe before alarm bells rang.
MailOnline has now exposed a fascinating medical report that distorts the official Chinese version of events.
Doctors in Berlin treated a 71-year-old man who had what they now suspect was Covid, exactly one day before news broke that a group of Chinese patients had contracted a SARS-like virus.
Do CT scans of the lungs of a 71-year-old German man taken on December 30, 2019 prove that Covid was circulating in the country one month before the first official case?
The German case occurred a day before China officially notified the world about the Covid virus, but some reports said that Beijing officials knew about the virus as early as November. A file photo of paramedics at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in January 2020
Medics from the Charité-Universitätsmedizin have now re-examined his condition armed with knowledge of tell-tale signs of Covid that may have been hidden at the time.
They wanted to know if the virus was circulating before Germany’s first official case was recorded in January.
The man, who has not been identified, was hospitalized with pneumonia of unknown cause on December 30, 2019.
He was in “bad” condition, with elevated heart rate and blood pressure and fever.
Paramedics indicated that he was overweight, smoked, and had previously suffered a stroke.
The official timeline of China vs. the new evidence
December 8, 2019 – The earliest date when China recognized the existence of an infection
December 31st – China reported to WHO for the first time about “pneumonia of unknown cause”
January 1, 2020 – The seafood market in Wuhan is closed for disinfection
Jan 11th China reported its first death
Jan 23 Wuhan is closed
Jan 31 The World Health Organization declared it an “international outbreak of concern” as China admitted there were thousands of cases
February 23rd Italy is reporting a cluster of cases in the first major outbreak in the West
October 2019Blood samples taken in a lung cancer screening trial in Italy later tested positive for coronavirus
October-December – High cases of influenza and pneumonia in northern Italy that may be related to the coronavirus
November Wastewater samples taken in Florianópolis, Brazil indicate the presence of the virus
November 10th – A Milanese woman has a skin biopsy, producing a sample that later shows signs of the virus
November 17th The leaked documents indicate that a case was discovered in China on this date
December 1 Chinese researchers reported an infection on this date in a peer-reviewed study, but Beijing did not acknowledge it.
December 18th Wastewater samples taken in Milan and Turin indicate that the virus was circulating in the cities
December 30th – A 71-year-old man in Germany was hospitalized with “pneumonia” now suspected to be Covid
January 2020 Sewer samples from Barcelona indicate that there is a virus in the city
But, crucially, he hasn’t been abroad recently, the doctors wrote in Journal of Medical Case Reports.
CT scans of his lungs indicated a possible viral infection of unknown origin, with negative results for pathogens capable of causing pneumonia.
But those scans show a pattern of damage now familiar to millions of doctors around the world, the ‘crazy paving’ in his lungs typical of Covid.
The authors wrote: ‘Given the results of a chest computed tomography (CT) scan, it is likely that our patient was one of the first cases of Covid in Germany.
This case indicates that Covid was already spreading in Germany in December 2019.’
The same patient required a ventilator four days after admission as his condition deteriorated.
He spent a total of five days on a ventilator and was only released from the hospital on January 28, almost a full month after his initial admission.
This was a day after Germany’s first officially confirmed case of Covid – a case thought to be linked to meetings they had with a Chinese trading partner.
Medics reported that the 71-year-old man later died in April 2020, but did not say the cause.
The authors said the case added to the growing body of evidence indicating that Covid was spreading in several European countries in late 2019.
This includes the discovery of the virus in sewage samples in Italy in December 2019, nearly two months before the country’s first official diagnosis of Covid.
A separate analysis also found that blood samples used in an Italian lung cancer screening trial in October 2019 later tested positive for coronavirus.
Samples collected from French patients in December of that year – which were tested retrospectively – also came back positive for the virus, a month before the first official cases were detected.
Other findings, from Brazil and the United States, also said that Covid was spreading much earlier than the first cases in either country.
While the first cases were detected in the UK on January 29, 2020, among Chinese nationals who had arrived from Wuhan, there are similar suspicions that the virus was already present months before that date.
Beijing insisted the virus only originated in mid-December, weeks before the world was notified of an epidemic as more cases emerged.
The controversy over the time frame for the emergence of Covid is also linked to a dispute over its origins. Pictured here is the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) where a number of experts believe it is possible that the Covid virus may have leaked from it.
But other theories about the origin of Covid point to animals kept at the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market in Wuhan (pictured) as the epicenter of the outbreak. Several early cases in December 2019 and January 2020 visited the site, where live animals were sold
However, leaked documents from the Chinese government indicate that officials knew of some Covid cases as early as November, which could cost the world valuable time in the initial battle against the virus.
China has also repeatedly insisted that Covid could have come from outside the country, suggesting it could have come from frozen meat imported from elsewhere in Asia, and even at one point it could have leaked from a US research lab.
The authors of the latest case report note that they could not formally diagnose their patient with Covid as his blood samples were discarded and he never took a PCR test for retrospective analysis.
The debate continues about when exactly Covid appeared and it is also related to how the virus came to be in the first place.
Some scientists support initial theories that the virus came from an unconfirmed animal source, possibly bats, before jumping to another species held on the ‘wet market’ at the center of the outbreak and then to humans.
But other experts said there was a growing body of evidence to suggest the virus did indeed leak from the nearby Wuhan Institute of Virology, possibly as a result of the research being done there on coronaviruses.
Did covid-19 leak from a Wuhan lab? Evidence for and against
Evidence for the Wuhan laboratory leak theory
An article published in the prestigious journal Science dated May 14, 2021 has begun to generate interest in the lab leakage theory.
Almost 18 experts wrote in the journal that “we must take hypotheses about natural and laboratory consequences seriously until we have sufficient data.”
Later that month, a year-long study by British Professor Angus Dalglish and Norwegian scientist Dr. Birger Sorensen claimed to have ‘apparent evidence of reactionary engineering in China’.
The study included accusations of “willful destruction, concealment, or contamination of data” in Chinese laboratories.
This followed statements made by the Director-General of the World Health Organization, the United States and the European Union that greater clarity about the origins of this epidemic is necessary and achievable.
Previously, most experts had dismissed the theory as a conspiracy, in part because of its association with President Donald Trump.
President Joe Biden in May 2021 ordered a full investigation into the origin of the pandemic virus and demanded that scientists work to see if the theory was correct.
In December 2021, Harvard scientist Dr Alina Chan told the UK Science and Technology Select Committee that it was ‘reasonable’ to believe that Covid was genetically engineered in China.
She also said that the Chinese Communist Party’s coverage of the initial outbreak in Wuhan two years ago and attempts to sabotage the World Health Organization’s investigation into the pandemic’s origins made the lab leakage theory likely.
The WHO chief insisted just a day ago that the theory that Covid originated from a Wuhan lab had not been ruled out – he said China should help solve the mystery out of ‘respect’ for the dead.
The director-general of the body, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, noted that Beijing had not fully cooperated as he called for more ‘transparency’ in the ongoing investigation.
A senior government source claimed in June 2022 that the WHO chief privately believed the epidemic began after a leak from a Chinese laboratory.
In September 2022, the leading medical journal, The Lancet, admitted that the virus may have leaked from a laboratory, including one in the United States.
Evidence against the theory
Most of the scientific community says the virus is likely of natural origin.
A series of research papers suggests that the virus evolves in animals before it is transmitted to humans, just like all other previously discovered coronaviruses.
The first study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, showed that about 47,000 wild animals from 38 species were sold in four markets in Wuhan between May 2017 and November 2019.
The authors, including Dr Chris Newman, an evolutionary ecologist at the University of Oxford, claimed that evidence showed that conditions for animal-to-human transmission were in place in Wuhan.
But they acknowledged that there was no evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus existed or originated in any of these animals.
A joint investigation between the World Health Organization and China concluded that it is very likely that the virus was transmitted from bats to humans via an as yet unknown intermediate animal.
A report issued by the World Health Organization in June 2022 indicates that the Covid virus most likely originated in bats before infecting humans.