Category Archives: Dr. Lucey COVID-19 Origins

Advances since 2001 include FDA-approved anthrax antitoxins available now

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With most eyes on COVID-19, it would be prudent to remain vigilant for older threats at the same time By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA A major difference in treatment and prophylaxis for inhalational anthrax since the attacks of 2001 is the availability of three U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved antitoxins. Several key […]

Five questions on new data from China-WHO showing 124 confirmed coronavirus patients in December 2019

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA After China initially reported 41, then ~ 46, and then ~ 100 laboratory-confirmed cases in December 2019, a total of 124 confirmed cases in December was reported by China July 31 but for some reason only posted on the WHO website Nov. 5. First posted on the WHO […]

COVID-19: WHO-China team “Terms of Reference” reveal new data on seafood market

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA On Nov. 5, the World Health Organization posted on its website an important nine-page document titled: “WHO-Convened Global Study of the Origins of SARS-CoV2: Terms of Reference for the China Part.” This document is important for many reasons.  First, it is dated 31 July 2020 (upper left under […]

COVID-19: Eight key factual statements from Wuhan Institute of Virology’s Dr. Zhengli Shi

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA In response to a series of questions asked by Science magazine’s Jon Cohen, the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s internationally-renowned bat coronavirus researcher and collaborator (with scientists in the United States, Singapore, and elsewhere), Dr. Zhengli Shi provided key facts about her work. Among questions she addressed were ones […]

COVID-19: Eight questions for the WHO team going to China next week to investigate pandemic origins

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA Today the South China Morning Post reported that on Monday the World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Gehbreysus stated “We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started . . .We will be sending a team next week to […]

China CDC Director on COVID-19: “ . . . the market is just another victim. The virus existed before the infections happened in the market”

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The following is a guest post by Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA A crucial mile marker in the marathon to understand when and where the Covid-19 pandemic began has been crossed. The China Center for Disease Control Director, Dr. George Fu Gao (Gao Fu) was quoted in the South China Morning Post May 23 […]

With evidence against the origin of COVID-19 being the seafood market in December, a call to share and discuss all data at the 73rd World Health Assembly in May

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The following is a guest post by Daniel Lucey, M.D. MPH, FIDSA, FACP,  and Kristen Kent, MPhil The origin of the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic is still not publicly known.  It was initially proposed that the virus spilled over to humans from an animal in December 2019 in the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, then explosively spread […]

COVID-19: Day 100 since the Wuhan market closed — where are the animals and their virus test results?  

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The following is a guest post by Daniel Lucey, M.D. MPH, FIDSA, FACP Dr. Daniel Lucey, who has responded to, and monitored information on outbreaks since 2001, has provided a series of updates and analysis on what is now the COVID-19 pandemic in Science Speaks posts since Jan. 6, first published Jan. 7. This is […]

2019-nCoV: A second evidence-based hypothesis

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Dr. Daniel Lucey, who has responded to, and monitored information on outbreaks since 2001, has provided a series of updates and analysis on the outbreak, now an epidemic of 2019-nCoV, the novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan China, since Jan. 7. He continues to respond to development and data on the outbreak here. UPDATE #7: A […]

UPDATE Wuhan coronavirus – 2019-nCoV Q&A #6: An evidence-based hypothesis

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Dr. Daniel Lucey, who has responded to, and monitored information on outbreaks since 2001, has provided a series of updates and analysis on the outbreak, now an epidemic of 2019-nCoV, the novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan China, since Jan. 7. An Evidence-based Hypothesis that the Epidemic began in November 2019 or earlier and at a […]