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lori wrote

can we not repeat racist myths about the coronavirus, even in meme form


lastfutures wrote

Is that a myth? I thought it did come from wet markets?


celebratedrecluse wrote

It did, and moreover the first SARS came from wet markets too. I thought it was a CIA bioweapon or some shit for awhile before looking into it and learning more about the history and context as well as the genomics of what we are dealing with.

What might be critiqued is the "bat soup" comment. While this might have been how things progressed, it's probably more likely IMO that bats being displaced from their natural habitat by human activity resulted in unprecedented close contact between bats and livestock, and then it jumped again to humans after humans ate the livestock. But it's possible that people were eating caught bats or other non-domesticated animals, I guess, I just don't know that we have evidence to support it.


lastfutures wrote (edited )

I don't think there's any debate that the wet markets in China do have animals like bats that people eat. Whether that is the cause of the virus or not isn't totally confirmed. The meme seems pretty innocent to me (if we don't just assume racist judgement about foreign eating habits.)


celebratedrecluse wrote

I actually have never seen convincing evidence that people in Wuhan eat bats. A lot of the videos online were from other countries. But I'm curious if you can provide sources for further education, I would love to learn more!