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Diving Into The Prevailing Theories Behind The Origins Of COVID-19




A staff member sprays disinfectant in the compounds of a school as it prepares to reopen after the term opening was delayed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in Handan in China's northern Hebei province.
A staff member sprays disinfectant in the compounds of a school as it prepares to reopen after the term opening was delayed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in Handan in China's northern Hebei province.
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We know that the geographic origins of COVID-19 are in Wuhan, China -- but the precise cause and method of transmission aren’t known. 

The U.S. intelligence community is looking into theories that the virus leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan. Meanwhile, the prevailing theory in the scientific community is that the virus was a result of natural spillover from bats to humans, either in a wet market or somewhere else. 

We get the latest on the U.S. government’s investigations and dive into the scientific evidence for the prevailing origin theories. 

Guests: 

Warren Strobel, reporter covering intelligence and national security for the Wall Street Journal; he tweets @wstrobel

Dennis Carroll, head of the Global Virome Project, a non-profit partnership that’s building a global atlas of viruses circulating in wildlife; he is the former director of the emerging threats division at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)