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Do we have any evidence that "exotic animal consumption" led to the Zoonotic transfer of the virus from bats to humans? Wiki
Zoonoses can be caused by a range of disease pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites; of 1,415 pathogens known to infect humans, 61% were zoonotic.[5] Most human diseases originated in other animals; however, only diseases that routinely involve non-human to human transmission, such as rabies, are considered direct zoonosis

While there is little dispute that the virus originated in China and also that China is an authoritarian state with some (to us) odd beliefs, is that a correlation or a causative factor?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 10:47:37 PM EST
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COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin - The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2 - Nature Medicine
The researchers proposed bats as the most likely reservoir for SARS-CoV-2 as it is very similar to a bat coronavirus. There are no documented cases of direct bat-human transmission, however, suggesting that an intermediate host was likely involved between bats and humans.

... But the scientists found that the SARS-CoV-2 backbone differed substantially from those of already known coronaviruses and mostly resembled related viruses found in bats and pangolins.

The pangolin ("most trafficked animal in the world") whose scales are used for medicine, or some similar animal seems to be the prime candidate for the intermediate host. Analogous to SARS where it went from bats to civets.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 11:04:41 PM EST
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