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Why new diseases keep appearing in China

March 7, 2020

It was New Years Eve, 2019 when health officials
in China admitted they had a problem. Health authorities have activated their most serious response level. After an outbreak of a new type of viral pneumonia in central China. A rapidly growing number of people were developing
a dry cough and fever, before getting pneumonia. And for some, it turned fatal. Doctors have named the disease COVID-19 or
“coronavirus disease, 2019” indicating that a type of virus is causing the illness. When they’d tried to trace its origin, they
found a likely source: This food market in Wuhan. Out of the first 41 patients, 27 had been
here. It wasn’t conclusive evidence, but Chinese
officials quickly shut down the market. They had seen this happen before at a place
just like this. Health officials are trying to get a grip on an alarming outbreak of SARS. The virus originated in mainland China. Then spread across the country. The disease had been festering for months in southern China. In 2002, a coronavirus had emerged at a very
similar market, in southern China. It eventually reached
29 countries and killed nearly 800 people. Now, 18 years later, this coronavirus is in
at least 71 countries and has already killed over 3100 people. So, what do these markets have to do with
the coronavirus outbreak… and why is it happening in China? A lot of the viruses that make us sick, actually
originate in animals. Some of the viruses that cause the flu come
from birds and pigs. HIV/AIDS comes from chimpanzees. The deadly Ebola virus likely originates in
bats. And in the case of the 2019 coronavirus, there
is some evidence it went from a bat to a pangolin before infecting a human. While viruses are very good at jumping between
species, it’s rare for a deadly one to make this journey all the way to humans. That’s because it would need all these hosts
to encounter each other at some point. That’s where the Wuhan market comes in. It’s a wet-market. A kind of place where live animals are slaughtered
and sold for consumption. Peter Li is a professor and expert on China’s
animal trade. That’s exactly how a virus can jump from
one animal to another. If that animal then comes in contact with
or is consumed by a human, the virus could potentially infect them. And if the virus then spreads to other humans,
it causes an outbreak. Wet-markets are scattered all over the world,
but the ones in China are particularly well known because they offer a wide variety of
animals, including wildlife. This is a sample menu, reportedly from the
market in Wuhan. These animals are from all over the world
and each one has the potential to carry its own viruses to the market. The reason all these animals are in the same
market is because of a decision China’s government made decades ago. Back in the 1970s, China was falling apart. Famine had killed more than 36 million people. And the communist regime, which controlled
all food production, was failing to feed its more than 900 million people. In 1978, on the verge of collapse, the regime
gave up this control and allowed private farming. While large companies increasingly dominated
the production of popular foods like pork and poultry, some smaller farmers turned to
catching and raising wild animals as a way to sustain themselves. And since it started to feed and sustain people, the Chinese government backed it. But then in 1988, the government made a decision
that changed the shape of wildlife trade in China. They enacted the Wildlife Protection Law which
designated the animals as “resources owned by the state” and protected people engaged
in the “utilization of wildlife resources”. The law also “encouraged the domestication
and breeding of wildlife.” With that, an industry was born. Small local farms turned into industrial-sized
operations. For example, this bear farm started with just
three, and eventually grew to more than 1,000 bears. Bigger populations meant greater chances that
a sick animal could spread disease. Farmers were also raising a wide variety of
animals. Which meant more viruses on the farms. Nonetheless, these animals were funneled into
the wet-markets for profit. While this legal wildlife farming industry
started booming, it simultaneously provided cover for an illegal wildlife industry. Endangered animals like tigers, rhinoceroses,
and pangolins, were trafficked into China. By the early 2000s, these markets were teeming
with wild animals when the inevitable happened. The latest on the deadly SARS virus, the worldwide death toll up again today. China has reported more than 1,400 cases of infection nation-wide. It is what health officials have feared all along. In 2003, the SARS outbreak was traced to a
wet-market here, in southern China. Scientists found traces of the virus in farmed
civet cats. Chinese officials quickly shut down the markets
and banned wildlife farming. But a few months after the outbreak, the Chinese
government declared 54 species of wildlife animals, including civet cats, legal to farm
again. By 2004, the wildlife-farming industry was
worth an estimated $100 billion yuan. And it exerted significant influence over
the Chinese government. It’s because of this influence that the Chinese
government has allowed these markets to grow over the years. In 2016, for example, the government sanctioned
the farming of some endangered species like tigers, and pangolins. By 2018, the wildlife industry had grown to
148 billion yuan and had developed clever marketing tactics to keep the markets around. Yet, these products became popular with an
influential portion of China’s population: It’s this minority that the Chinese government
chose to favor over the safety of the rest of its population. Soon after the coronavirus outbreak,
the Chinese government shut down thousands of wet-markets and temporarily banned wildlife
trade again. Organizations around the world have been urging
China to make the ban permanent. Chinese social media, in particular, has been
flooded with petitions to ban it for good this time. In response, China is reportedly amending
the Wildlife Protection Law that encouraged wildlife farming decades ago. But unless these actions lead to a permanent
ban on wildlife farming, outbreaks like this one are bound to happen again. For a bunch more information about China’s wet-markets, viruses, and wildlife, we have an episode on our Netflix show called The Next Pandemic, explained. It talks about a coronavirus could spark the next pandemic and what the world’s experts are doing to stop it. That’s on our Netflix show ‘Explained’. Check it out.


  • Reply Lali Jacob March 7, 2020 at 5:03 am

    Bat soup

  • Reply Soumya Dutta March 7, 2020 at 5:04 am

    Bear!?!? 🐻

  • Reply Garrett Sim March 7, 2020 at 5:04 am

    Thanks China for eating weird stuff. Now my Green Day concert is already postponed, thanks to you. Why y’all never learnt your lesson? Oh wait, it’s because of censorship.

  • Reply Kevin Tupas March 7, 2020 at 5:04 am

    So go vegetarian for the time being, I think?

  • Reply Tom Tam March 7, 2020 at 5:04 am

    In January itself people in China have stood up in Weibo and petitioned to end the wildlife industry. Positive efforts but all abit too late. And at the same time the industry still thrives in places less updated on the news of the outbreak, as well as people who simply don't care

  • Reply Vishal Joshi March 7, 2020 at 5:05 am

    Chinese almost eats everything. Its disgusting.

  • Reply HomeMadeFoodie March 7, 2020 at 5:05 am

    The title of this video sickens me. I don’t want to even watch it. Racist!

  • Reply Shaundra Jackson March 7, 2020 at 5:05 am

    I was not expecting to click on this video and see animal cruelty. A warning would have been nice.

  • Reply Meme Review March 7, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Minecraft players:

  • Reply Malek Memo March 7, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Where are all the vegans? Shouldn't you be protesting in china

  • Reply Tinea Spamm March 7, 2020 at 5:06 am

    This is heart breaking

  • Reply ella mae March 7, 2020 at 5:06 am

    this made me sad

  • Reply Zombie Frog March 7, 2020 at 5:06 am

    See China that’s why you don’t eat everything that moves

  • Reply Jasper S March 7, 2020 at 5:07 am

    But there's no scientific evidence can show that the virus is coming from China yet

  • Reply James Van March 7, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Long story short. We are doing business with china, we suffer with China: guilty by association. Quick fix: stop doing business with China. Problem solved!

  • Reply light lee March 7, 2020 at 5:08 am

    How do you explain H1N1(USA) and MERS(Saudi Arabia)?

  • Reply MisterTRAP Music March 7, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Are we just gonna ignore the fact that this virus is created by those people that eat bats🤯

  • Reply yz Hong March 7, 2020 at 5:08 am


  • Reply Tanya Chen March 7, 2020 at 5:08 am

    I'm Chinese
    Me watching this video: There are bear farms in China?

  • Reply Gluon Particle March 7, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Like he said the wildlife animal's are only eaten by the 1% population of the scumbag rich people! Is that true???

  • Reply Ford2219 March 7, 2020 at 5:09 am

    Is just unbelievable. Because of their stupidity and cruelty towards wildlife, the whole world has to suffer. China should be fined by the WHO and finance the research for the vaccine to the virus THEY spread. Disgusting. 😑

  • Reply Karime18 March 7, 2020 at 5:09 am

    The Chinese…never cease to amaze me. This is not the 1970s anymore and people aren’t starving there. Get rid of your old and ancient practices so you don’t put the whole world at risk with these new viruses!!! That’s not smart!!!🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

  • Reply RE:WATCH March 7, 2020 at 5:10 am

    China is all over the news. And it's bad news. From business, politics, teritorial disputes and diseases.

  • Reply ecoroyalty March 7, 2020 at 5:10 am

    This is wrong, new evidence indicats sars was originated from bats and through civets.

  • Reply Dat Man March 7, 2020 at 5:11 am

    Get rid of them

  • Reply Jay Rod March 7, 2020 at 5:11 am

    In the Garden of Eden, man was assigned vegetarianism (Genesis 1:29). Problems started when we began to consume animals.

  • Reply dontBaBUZY KILL March 7, 2020 at 5:11 am

    Don’t do it anymore

  • Reply Beard Bro March 7, 2020 at 5:11 am

    I've seen the video

  • Reply ninety oner March 7, 2020 at 5:12 am

    I still believe this was engineered by man and released to wildlife

  • Reply cool videos March 7, 2020 at 5:12 am

    China is the most disgusting country of all

  • Reply Vishal Joshi March 7, 2020 at 5:12 am

    It's been 9 years of being vegetarian. ❤️

  • Reply samtherat6 March 7, 2020 at 5:12 am

    Wuhan blames the rich. The Chinese blame Wuhan. The world blames China. And vegans blame the world eating meat.

    As long as we can blame someone else, we think we don’t have to take any action. This is untrue.

  • Reply cool videos March 7, 2020 at 5:13 am

    They don't leave anything and just eat it

  • Reply X O March 7, 2020 at 5:13 am

    why america also have coronavirus? because this is one planet , all are connected .

  • Reply Lee Yy March 7, 2020 at 5:13 am

    If major diseases are from animals, why not just go vegan? Simple. Who knows the next species crossing virus will go to chicken or fish or many other animals, by then the virus will be deadly. As long as we continue eating meat, there's no guarantee for avoiding epidemic or pandemic.

  • Reply Pap deisel March 7, 2020 at 5:14 am

    China:I brought you into this world,and I'll take you out of it!!!
    This comment was
    Made in china

  • Reply Oηιon Коммγнизмα March 7, 2020 at 5:14 am

    You know, when China is about the close the Wuhan City Gate, there are about 50 000 people escaped to the outside.

  • Reply Akash Roychoudhury March 7, 2020 at 5:14 am

    China deserved it…years of cruelty towards animals… They are being punished now

  • Reply otto2rk March 7, 2020 at 5:14 am

    Sorry but china has no right to put the whole world in danger just because some of its people enjoy eating exotic animals.

  • Reply Lovely March 7, 2020 at 5:14 am

    Go vegan

  • Reply Nicolaus Romanoff March 7, 2020 at 5:15 am

    History repeats itself and we never learn

  • Reply Michael Yang March 7, 2020 at 5:17 am

    why the US keeps covering new diseases until they're out of control?

  • Reply Sunil Lazar March 7, 2020 at 5:18 am

    Human messing in all affairs of nature is bound to have catastrophic repercussion. This could be just the beginning. The Chinese have been in the forefront of this intrusion leading to extinction of many a exotic species, viz. Tigers, rhinos, etc., and laying the blame on hapless animals who too are @ the receiving end of their callousness. An iron hand policy, the kind of which Chinese govt. is adept at; should be implemented on a war footing in order to save their own bacon along with that of the rest of the world.

  • Reply Frank L March 7, 2020 at 5:18 am

    Biological weapons confirmed

  • Reply HeadBanger Boogie March 7, 2020 at 5:18 am

    Because they nasty.

    Saved you 8:48

  • Reply Sylvia S.Y. March 7, 2020 at 5:18 am

    The bureaucratism of Hubei local government caused the first explosion, but after the central government stepped in, things are getting in control soon enough. I can't believe it's only been approximate 2 months, newly diagnosed cases per day drop down to unit digit from thousand digits, considering the huge base of patients before any measurement has been taken. The newly built hospitals, free medical treatment and rich food for every patient, China got it down when global media attacking them for quarantine against human rights.
    And I feel speechless for CDC's advice for not wearing masks. Their articles are basically saying: N95 can prevent virus but medial staff need it more than you so don't buy it. Healthy ppl don't need to wear the masks because, we wouldn't say it out loud, we are in shortage of masks. They assume patients would wear it, so healthy ppl are safe. But there's no guarantee that every patient will wear mask guys!!! So the assumption is not right! Plz wear masks in public! Whatever happened in China, I don't want to see it explodes and kills in other countries again!

  • Reply Shiva Rose March 7, 2020 at 5:19 am

    These sick animal cruelty markets should have been banned decades ago! Boiling cats, burning dogs alive! Esp after SARS!!!

  • Reply FuccDissShit March 7, 2020 at 5:19 am

    Because they eat everything in sight.

  • Reply Hacker’s Life March 7, 2020 at 5:19 am

    I didn’t like last part showing a picture of African and middle east 💀, while saying the next pandemic? That was a fool act

  • Reply Mohammed Owais March 7, 2020 at 5:19 am

    It’s China’s obsession to eat everything that moves, which is causing this…

    some things should be just left on their own

  • Reply WaffleEBay12 March 7, 2020 at 5:20 am

    IDK, maybe they should permanently ban these wet markets that sell wildlife

  • Reply Bohan Li March 7, 2020 at 5:20 am

    This disease may not come from China, it may come from the US… Just get these flu patients tested and then talk.

  • Reply applejuice76 March 7, 2020 at 5:21 am

    20% of comments: bEaR fArMs!?

  • Reply David Lam March 7, 2020 at 5:22 am

    Money, Politics, and Corruption…not surprising at all. Animals in the wild rarely interact with each other daily unless they’re being the predator or the prey. Because of cost control and market competition, modern agriculture is forced to raise wild animals for livestock meat production by raising multiple animal species in tight close quarters to cut down on the land costs, maintenance costs, waste costs, human labour costs, etc. This makes their livestock meat more profitable and more competitive on the market. However, Mother Nature is no pushover and because viruses are one of the most advanced biological nano-machines developed and evolved by Mother Nature, well you can’t blame a virus, or any pathogenic microbe, for trying to better itself in order to survive. And there is no better way for a virus to better itself than to be genetically compatible with multiple animal species. Humans just make that process way way more easier thus all these infectious endemics or pandemics are man-made diseases. We humans are great at innovating tools and knowledge to help with our survival and yet we do not have any self-sufficient machinery as advanced in nanotechnology as Mother Nature’s viruses. We always lose to Mother Nature…accept it.

  • Reply skies. March 7, 2020 at 5:22 am

    just eat normal meat and this won’t be a problem💀

  • Reply MaccOnYouTube March 7, 2020 at 5:22 am

    What if the Chinese government made the viruses because of overpopulation in Wuhan and Beijing. Over a billion people live in China and the elderly are the most common infected, so that they could “clear the streets” just and idea tho.

  • Reply dxrn.d.l.y March 7, 2020 at 5:23 am

    My mom and i were talking about how chinas goverment is so rich like look thry built a freaking hospital in 10 days but then their citizens live in so much poverty it makes no sense

  • Reply bournvita March 7, 2020 at 5:23 am

    China – origin of Corona virus

    Also China : the US did it

  • Reply Elizabeth Harris March 7, 2020 at 5:24 am

    I had to stop before it got three minutes in… I've got no words that can properly express my condemnation for humans that create those places.

  • Reply latengocomoburro March 7, 2020 at 5:24 am

    Communism and socialism sould be made ilegal on all countries. They have cause so much harm to humanity.

  • Reply np March 7, 2020 at 5:24 am

    What a shame that most Chinese people don’t even eat these animals but they have to deal with the medical, economic, and social consequences thanks to their rich and powerful.

  • Reply Najam Mahmood March 7, 2020 at 5:24 am

    I feel good being a Muslim
    we don't even eat regular bacon and pork
    and still Muslims are hated for nothing

  • Reply Harokc117 March 7, 2020 at 5:24 am

    It’s basically karma for what they do to those animals!

  • Reply Material girl March 7, 2020 at 5:24 am

    i mean they did it too themselves

  • Reply Iqra Taylor March 7, 2020 at 5:24 am

    They eat everything *literally* anything.

  • Reply Amrit K. March 7, 2020 at 5:25 am

    China should be held accountable for this behaviour and there policies in this civilised world and for the number of deaths around the world not appreciated by WHO for "doing enough" to prevent corona virus.

  • Reply Malefic Ching March 7, 2020 at 5:25 am

    Wet market is only part of the truth.
    The latest conspiracy is the virus leakage of the Wuhan P4 lab and wild game consumption contribute to the epidemic.

  • Reply Gabriel Dzulkifly March 7, 2020 at 5:25 am

    The background music sounds like plague Inc

  • Reply Mason Manlangit March 7, 2020 at 5:25 am

    Plague inc has transmission, its has livestock, birds, and rodents.

  • Reply El Mestizo gObLiNo March 7, 2020 at 5:26 am


  • Reply slotvideos March 7, 2020 at 5:26 am

    The Chinese culture believe it’s healthy to only bathe themselves once a week. They think natural oils are healthy for their skins.. this is a terrible ideal and I hope they change there thoughts 🤔 not gonna happen though, they will stay dirtiest country on earth 😡 too many people

  • Reply joeylondonxo March 7, 2020 at 5:27 am

    Some of the current deseases are man made but let’s just get that hand sanitizer guys 🙄🙄🙄😂

  • Reply Batman March 7, 2020 at 5:27 am

    Stay away from Chinese looking people.

  • Reply FuccDissShit March 7, 2020 at 5:27 am

    Informative and well put video.

  • Reply Katherine Evangelia March 7, 2020 at 5:27 am


  • Reply Freaking Beast March 7, 2020 at 5:27 am

    I'm veg. Thank God.
    These animals eating animals.

  • Reply Kandy&Kyle March 7, 2020 at 5:27 am

    Rabbits, Guinea pigs, chickens, pigeons, snakes, fish, these SHOULD be safe for mass breeding and consumption because their reproduction rates are so fast but bears and tigers and exotic animals? That's pushing it.

  • Reply Richard Benoit March 7, 2020 at 5:27 am

    Thanks for the post.

  • Reply Akbar Farshbaf Sadegh March 7, 2020 at 5:28 am

    "This human disease is so hard to beat" said coronavirus A to coronavirus B.

  • Reply Hyun Min March 7, 2020 at 5:28 am

    Only in China

  • Reply fireandcopper March 7, 2020 at 5:30 am

    Made in china®©™

  • Reply Rum Nas March 7, 2020 at 5:30 am

    I hope and pray China learns from this and takes major pre-caution.

  • Reply Jaimen Maisuria March 7, 2020 at 5:31 am

    Humans are the most deadly virus

  • Reply Levi March 7, 2020 at 5:31 am

    Mother Nature is striking back

  • Reply Navdeep Singh March 7, 2020 at 5:31 am

    Nature has its own way to balance things.

  • Reply richardanthony March 7, 2020 at 5:31 am

    this is very educational despite a controversial title
    as an Asian, I've forced to taste lizard's meat (claim to cure itchy skin), swallow's nest (claim to give you stronger lungs), shark's fin (just for delicacy?), deer's horn extract (for respiratory problem)
    None of this have any scientific proof

  • Reply gabriel timothy March 7, 2020 at 5:32 am

    drop a bomb

  • Reply Gucci Garcia March 7, 2020 at 5:32 am

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  • Reply ramboram03 March 7, 2020 at 5:32 am

    India is far more poor and undeveloped but no weird diseases, why? A large vegetarian population, Chinese people eat anything that walks, thats the problem

  • Reply XtarShoter March 7, 2020 at 5:33 am

    This is the byproduct of TCM culture and the legacy of the CCP; which although has been greatly successful in lifting the living standards for millions and millions of chinese has done so at great cost. Nonetheless it is a very complex situation, hope is in the future.

  • Reply Milan ICY March 7, 2020 at 5:33 am

    oompa loompa comes from mcdonalds

  • Reply and. Andrew.means. Me March 7, 2020 at 5:33 am

    Easy. Long long long history of a culture that eats odd things. Lots of poor people with little means under communism a governing system consisting of self serving power hungry sociopaths and psychopaths Put in blender. Wal la.

  • Reply RESISTING1 March 7, 2020 at 5:33 am

    For those asking about bear farms, no they're not used to eat bear meat. They're used for "Bear Bile", basically they keep bears inside tiny cages for their entire lives and extract bile from them regularly. It's the most cruel and inhuman practice.

  • Reply vincentlee March 7, 2020 at 5:34 am

    They still believe that they are living in a great country

  • Reply What? Why? March 7, 2020 at 5:35 am

    So it comes from cruel treatment of animals!

  • Reply Wat Cher March 7, 2020 at 5:35 am

    one word "karma"

  • Reply Dvorak1911 March 7, 2020 at 5:36 am

    The problem is that most of the animals are butchered live on the market, which is often not sanitized.
    If the Chinese government enacts a law forcing animals to be butchered in a separate, clean facility, much of the problem could be avoided.

  • Reply 王者荣耀 March 7, 2020 at 5:36 am

    it's probably a biological weapon used by the US against China and Iran

  • Reply Lentini March 7, 2020 at 5:37 am

    A fluking BeAr FaRm? 😱

  • Reply Biman Dey March 7, 2020 at 5:37 am

    China never learn from its mistake. China is the most crooked & irresponsible country in the whole world.

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