The Lancet, the world’s leading medical journal, published an online newsletter in which 27 leading public health scientists from eight countries signed a statement supporting China’s scientific research, public health and medical workers in the fight against the 2019 outbreak of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The statement refers directly to the various conspiracy theories that emerged during the outbreak. The 27 scientists noted that the rapid, open and transparent sharing of relevant data in the outbreak is now threatened by rumors and misinformation about the origin of the disease. “Together, we strongly condemn conspiracy theories that the new coronavirus disease COVID-19 is not a natural origin. “
The paper was published by 27 virologists and epidemiologists from the Uk, Germany, the United States, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, Malaysia and China.
The 27 scientists include Sir Jeremy Farra of the Royal Society, James M. Hughes, former director of the CDC’s Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), and Rita Colwel, former director of the National Science Foundation, one of the discoverers of the Nipah virus. Professor Sai Kit Lam of the Malaysian Academy of Medical Sciences, John S Mackenzie, member of the Steering Committee of the WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), and several members of the National Academy of Medical Sciences and leading scientists in the field of infectious disease research and public health. Peter Daszak, a disease ecologist with the Environmental Ecological Health Alliance, a U.S. nonprofit, is among the former international partners of Shi Zhengli, a researcher at the Wuhan Virus Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The statement said researchers from around the world had analyzed and publicly published the results of the entire genome of SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen that causes the disease, which overwhelmingly proves that the coronavirus, like many other new pathogens, originated in wild animals.
They stress that conspiracy theories have no use other than to create panic, rumors, prejudice and undermine the global effort to fight the disease together. “We support the call of the Director-General of the World Health Organization to promote scientific argumentation and solidarity, not misinformation and speculation. “
The 27 scientists also called for more people to join, and by the time of the press release, 281 people had signed autographs in support.
It is worth noting that with the development of the epidemic, “laboratory virus leakage”, “man-made new virus” and other rumors continue to spread on the network, most of which revolvearounds the Chinese Academy of Sciences Wuhan virus. The team led by shi Zhengli, a researcher at the institute, is an authority in the field of bat virus research and a source-of-the-root team for sars virus in China.
Previously, on February 2nd, Shi Zhengli responded in a circle of friends: “2019 new coronavirus is nature to human uncivilized habits of life punishment, I Shi Zhengli with my life guarantee, and the laboratory has nothing to do.” “
Recently, however, Huang Yanling, a 2015 master’s graduate of Wuhan Virus Research Institute, was the first “zero patient” to be infected with the new coronavirus. Huang Yanling’s mentor at the Wuhan Virus Research Institute and deputy director of the New Infectious Disease Research Center at the Wuhan Virus Research Institute, Wu Hongping, previously told reporters, “The rumors on the Internet are really unreliable and completely distorted.” Huang Yanling has gone to related enterprises to engage in biological work since graduation, and has long been absent from the academic circle of scientific research. She herself told me that she did not want her personal life to be disturbed by such rumors. “
Shi Zhengli also responded to the media again on the matter, the rumors about Huang Yanling “look at fake news”, and said that she can assure that no one in Wuhan virus has been infected with the new corona virus.
WHO Director-General Tan Desai has previously highlighted the ongoing conspiracy theories. “The wrong information makes the work of health care workers more difficult, diverting the attention of policy makers, causing confusion, and spreading fear to the public. WHO is currently not only fighting the virus, but also with those who spread false information and undermine the response to the outbreak. “
At a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Trey Bedford, a researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, dismissed the sensational “discovery” that “the new coronavirus is made by genetic engineering.” “There is no evidence of genetic engineering, ” Deford retorted. The evidence we have is that the mutation of the virus is exactly the same as natural evolution. “
Onishchenko, the first vice-chairman of the State Duma’s Education and Science Committee and a former chief epidemic prevention engineer, urged: “Don’t create panic, don’t escalate the situation, don’t try to carry out information al-terrorist attacks.” “
The New Coronary Virus is the first real social media “infoepidemic” (infomic), according to a recent article in the MIT Technology Review. The so-called “information epidemic” refers to the Internet has too much information, true and false, which may lead people to find the right guidance when they need help, but may be misled by false information.
Attached: Statement on Supporting Scientific Research, Public Health and Medical Workers in the 2019 Outbreak of The New Coronary Virus Disease (COVID-19) in China (Chinese version)
We are researchers working in the field of public health, and we have been closely following the situation of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and are deeply concerned about the impact of the disease on human health and well-being worldwide. We also see hard and efficient work by scientific research, public health, and health workers in China since the ongoing disease, including rapid identification of pathogens, significant measures to reduce the impact of the outbreak, and transparent sharing of relevant information and results with the global health community. All of this work is commendable.
By signing this statement, we will unite with all Chinese scientific, public health, and medical practitioners who continue to save lives and protect human health around the world during this outbreak of the new coronavirus disease. In the face of the threat of this new virus, we will work together to deal with our counterparts fighting china on the front lines.
The rapid, open and transparent sharing of relevant data in this outbreak is now threatened by rumours and misinformation about the origin of the disease. Together, we strongly condemn conspiracy theories that the new coronavirus disease COVID-19 is not a natural origin. Researchers from around the world have analyzed and published the results of the entire genome of SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen that causes the disease, which overwhelmingly proves that the coronavirus, like many other new pathogens, originated in wild animals. The scientific conclusion sits supported by the deans of the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and medicine in the United States and the scientific community they represent. Conspiracy theories have no use other than to create panic, rumors, prejudice, and undermine the global effort to fight the disease together. We support the call of the Director-General of the World Health Organization to promote scientific argumentation and solidarity, not misinformation and speculation. We want all the scientific and medical and health workers who are fighting on the front lines of China to know that we stand with you in this fight against the virus.
We invite more people to join us to support scientific research, public health and medical workers in Wuhan and throughout China. Stand with our peers who are fighting on the front lines!
List of 27 scientists:
Charles Calisher, Colorado State University, USA
Dennis Carroll, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, USA
Rita Colwell, University of Maryland,Md.,”””s Parker College
NEIDL Ronald B. Corley, National Laboratory for New Infectious Diseases, Boston University, USA
Gerald T Keusch, Boston University, USA
Peter Daszak, American EcoHealth Alliance
Christian Drosten, School of Medicine, Schrite, Berlin, Germany
Luis Enjuanes, National Biotechnology Centre, Spain
Jeremy Farrar, Josie Golding, Mike Turner, UK biomedical research charity Wellcome Foundation
Hume Field, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Queensland, Australia
Alexander Gorbalenya, University of Lleyton, Netherlands
Bart Haagmans, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
James M Hughes, Emory University, USA
William B Karesh of the World Organization for Animal Health Wildlife Working Group
Sai Kit Lam, University of Malaysia
Juan Lubroth of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
John S Mackenzie, Curtin University, Australia
Larry Madof of the Massachusetts School of Medicine
Jonna Mazet, University of California, Davis
Peter Palese, Department of Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, USA
Stanley Perlman, University of Iowa, USA
Leo Poon, University of Hong Kong, China
Bernard Roizman, University of Chicago, USA
Linda Saif, Ohio State University, USA
Kanta Subbarao, University of Melbourne, Australia Journalist He Liping Zhang Ruju