Scientists in Wuhan, China, where COVID-19 originated, have admitted being bitten by bats.
One of the researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology said he was bitten by one of them in 2017 while collecting samples in a cave where bats live. “The fangs of one of them pierced the rubber glove like a needle,” he said. At the time, however, the scientist didn’t pay much attention to the fact that he had been inoculated against rabies.
Also, footage filmed by Chinese TV reporters in 2017 shows scientists interacting with bats without masks or gloves, in flagrant violation of WHO regulations. Even then, it was known that the man-wings carry many deadly viruses, including SARS.
The video aired on December 29, 2017, on Chinese state television. It featured celebrity virologist Shi Zhengli, known as “The Batwoman,” working to investigate the origin of SARS. The footage shows that even in Biosafety Level 4 laboratories, scientists interact with bats without proper protection, such as touching them with their bare hands.
Taiwan News reporters claim that in an article by Shi for China Science Exploration Center, later censored by Chinese authorities, a virologist wrote that her work “is not as dangerous as many people think” and that “the chance of human infection from a bat is extremely small.”
The author believes the WHO team sent to Wuhan on January 14 to investigate the origin of the coronavirus should take note of the scientists’ revelations and ask them about how they felt after their bites.