In the ongoing disputes over where the virus originated, there’s this from Live Science:
The very first known case of the coronavirus in the world could have occurred in November, in a 55-year-old person in the Hubei province of China, according to a previous Live Science report. That's more than a month before doctors first noted a cluster of odd pneumonia cases in the area. Though the timeline of the pandemic remains muddy, it's becoming apparent that the virus was spreading long before health care workers detected it. [my highlight]That’s why I stay agnostic. And just say, the possibility that it was accidentally released by the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab, is a great big “maybe”.