As I said in my previous column, there really is a lot of fascinating scientific detective work going on about SARS-CoV-2, the Wuhan coronavirus formerly known as “Wuhan Coronavirus 2019-nCoV” and COVID-19, the disease it causes. For me, the frustrating thing is that the really fascinating story is being ignored as everyone rushes to find a reason to use the disease to score points for their political programs, and on their political enemies.
The New York Times today presented a story with zippy animated infographics called How the Virus Got Out which is a wonderful example of both.
The graphic is of travel in and around Wuhan as the virus was just getting hold, and then expanding to the rest of the world. I’d recommend just scrolling down through the images without paying too much attention to the text, to start. It starts with the cluster of cases around the Wuhan Huanan Seafood Market (which is in China, by the way) and shows people traveling from Wuhan to other parts of China, and then to other parts of the world.