J. Randall Murphy
I read that article ( above ) that claims SARS-COv-2 isn't manmade, as well as others, plus watched videos in which other scientists have said the same thing, and compared them with the evidence that the virus is more likely to have had lab assistance. The latter comes out much further ahead. The non-lab proponents consistently parrot other non-lab proponents who back their claim with misleading proclamation and opinion.And about whether it's man-made:
The Office of the DNI said it was still examining an as-yet-unproven theory that the outbreak may have resulted from "an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.”www.huffpost.com
More specifically, the reasoning of the non-lab proponents is based on two very weak arguments. The first is that they assume a more suitable virus for a bioweapon would be very different, and the second is that such a virus would be "genetically engineered" or "manmade". The first claim is weak because studies that compare the effectiveness of a pathogen to spread against it's mortality rate put COVID-19 in a very favorable position for a bioweapon, and even if it's not a bioweapon, that doesn't rule out that SARS-COv-2 could have had lab help for other reasons.
The second claim is weak because the way that the detractors phrase their arguments always suggests that SARS-COv-2 came from nature and therefore wasn't created in a lab. In the case of SARS-COv-2, the origin has been traced back to bats. This is at best a red herring, because all the viruses worked on in labs ultimately came from nature, including SARS-COv-2. So what? That doesn't mean a lab had no involvement.
What they don't tell us is:
- The Wuhan lab collected the same bat virus the detractors talk about, and were studying its transmissibility to humans.
- The Wuhan lab found the key to human transmission and was capable of making it happen.
- To date, no such natural mutation has been found in animals outside the Wuhan lab.
- About a third of the cases in the initial outbreak had no connection to the Wuhan market.
- There was an intentional cover-up that includes the destruction of scientific evidence and "disappeared" people.
- The Wuhan lab was in relative proximity to the Whan market blamed for the outbreak.
- A Wuhan lab worker who came down with symptoms of the virus has since disappeared.
- The CCP has engaged in an active campaign of denial and suppression of any evidence of their responsibility.
Those who suggest I'm entertaining my own bias can replay the first time I commented about this on The Paracast where I reported that scientists had determined that the virus was entirely natural. Little did I know what other evidence would surface, or what little evidence the scientists who had made that statement were basing their opinion on.