The origin of COVID-19 is uncertain. Early reports linked the incident to a Wuhan market that sold live animals, but no proof has emerged since then.
An article by Science direct discussed the effects of the wet market during the pandemic. The study observed and compared the number of infections spread from human-to-human vs. market-to-human transmission. The study used quantitative methods and concluded that cases stemming from the market-to-human transmission were 2–34 fold higher than that for cases stemming from human-to-human transmission. This suggested that the wet market played a key role in identifying COVID-19 cases.
A report by Live Science discussed evidence to prove that the virus did not originate or disseminate from wet markets. Scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) said the initial cases did not emerge from wet markets. Colin Carlson, a professor of Zootonic viruses from Georgetown University, told Live Science that the theory is plausible for the virus to jump from animal to human. Still, for that to happen, they would have to be in contact. Regarding COVID-19, Carlson said, "None of the animals in the market tested positive. So since January, this has not been particularly conclusive. But this has developed into a narrative,"
According to a World Health Organization (WHO) study, there is still no conclusion concerning the involvement of wet markets in the outbreak's beginnings or how the illness was brought into the market.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organization or your national healthcare authority.