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Viral: The Search for the Origin of Covid-19 (2021) [audiobook+ebook]

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File Duration
01 Opening Credits.mp3 0m19s
02 Dedication.mp3 0m20s
03 Prologue- The mystery.mp3 14m23s
04 ch1 The copper mine.mp3 53m49s
05 ch2 Viruses.mp3 33m35s
06 ch3 The Wuhan whistleblowers.mp3 39m8s
07 ch4 The seafood market.mp3 45m15s
08 ch5 The pangolin papers.mp3 41m42s
09 ch6 Bats and the virus hunters.mp3 52m19s
10 ch7 Laboratory leaks.mp3 1h23m
11 ch8 Gain of function.mp3 1h4m
12 ch9 The furin cleavage site.mp3 49m21s
13 ch10 The other eight.mp3 41m44s
14 ch11 Popsicle Origins and the World Health Organization.mp3 53m58s
15 ch12 Spillover.mp3 18m44s
16 ch13 Accident.mp3 22m29s
17 ch14 The origin of Covid-19.mp3 19m14s
18 Epilogue- Truth will out.mp3 26m4s
19 Timeline.mp3 14m58s
20 Acknowledgements.mp3 1m6s
21 End Credits.mp3 0m48s
Total Duration 11h16m16s


A new virus descended on the human species in 2019 wreaking unprecedented havoc. Finding out where it came from and how it first jumped into people is an urgent priority, but early expectations that this would prove an easy question to answer have been dashed. Nearly two years into the pandemic, the crucial mystery of the origin of SARS-CoV-2 is not only unresolved but has deepened.

In this uniquely insightful book, a scientist and a writer join forces to try to get to the bottom of how a virus whose closest relations live in bats in subtropical southern China somehow managed to begin spreading among people more than 1,500 kilometres away in the city of Wuhan. They grapple with the baffling fact that the virus left none of the expected traces that such outbreaks usually create: no infected market animals or wildlife, no chains of early cases in travellers to the city, no smouldering epidemic in a rural area, no rapid adaptation of the virus to its new host—human beings.

To try to solve this pressing mystery, Viral delves deep into the events of 2019 leading up to 2021, the details of what went on in animal markets and virology laboratories, the records and data hidden from sight within archived Chinese theses and websites, and the clues that can be coaxed from the very text of the virus’s own genetic code.

The result is a gripping detective story that takes the reader deeper and deeper into a metaphorical cave of mystery. One by one the authors explore promising tunnels only to show that they are blind alleys, until, miles beneath the surface, they find themselves tantalisingly close to a shaft that leads to the light.


like is it just trying to push the bat-fucked-a-pangolin theory, and sell me a vaccine?

or does it talk to proper experts?

Omicron was deliberately engineered to end the pandemic:

zoopenhoff wrote:

...Omicron was deliberately engineered to end the pandemic:

I just tried to access whatever is supposed to be available via this link. However, I got a message saying

Access denied

This website is using a security service to protect itself from online attacks.

The message provides a URL: which gets one to what looks like a collection of archived goodies, but if what's being looked for is somewhere within that collection, there seems scant hope of finding it.

I seem to vaguely recall checking the link when it was first posted, and it looked more like an archive of posts - like Reddit.

I just checked the link and it works ok...

Try a different browser, maybe Tor? Or maybe not Tor :)

For whatever reason, I'm no longer getting the error I did previously; instead I'm taken to the repository, which looks like what I got when following the link presented to me along with the error report. However, I have the same problem as before -- I have no idea which of the things that appear on the screen might contain what's being talked about. I'd like more information on this idea about how Omicron could be an engineered entity. Thanks.