OK, so maybe it came from a lab then, instead of naturally. But still, lessons can be learned:
In fact, since the evidence is by now overwhelmingly that long-term human activity is accelerating the emergence of novel pathogens and increasing the risk of pandemics, the question investigators should really be asking is: did some recent, one-off event such as a lab accident exacerbate the already high and growing risk of spillover of a virus with pandemic potential caused by a decades-long shift towards industrialised farming and the wildlife trade?
Through their reliance on antibiotics, livestock monocultures and crowding, industrial-scale farms are ratcheting up the virulence of animal pathogens that the wildlife trade – and one of its shop windows, wet markets – is bringing into contact with potential host species they wouldn’t otherwise encounter, including us. This is not news.
So, even if it was a lab leak we should still act as if it wasn’t. There, isn’t that a surprise.
Dr. Heinz Kiosk is alive and well.
One particular joy here is the complaint about monocultures. If you’re a true monoculture then you can;t get interspecies creation of diseases, can you?