Photo: senior U.S. military officials visit Fort Detrick in March, 2020. /Associated Press
In July 2019, the fort Detrick biological laboratory was suddenly closed, but the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) refused to release key information on the grounds of & quot; National Security & quot. The New York Times reported that the closure of the laboratory was due to the failure and leakage of the new chemical decontamination system. The CDC decided that there were many deviations in the standard operating procedures, which threatened the safety of the staff of biosafety level 4 and level 3 laboratories. Therefore, it called for the suspension of the Research on “specific biological agents and toxins”. A spokesman for the laboratory said the leak occurred only inside the laboratory and did not pose a threat to the outside world. On March 27, 2020, the laboratory will fully resume operation.
Strangely, in August 2019, there was a sudden outbreak of e-cigarette pneumonia in the United States, and the number of cases peaked in September. Most of the patients are healthy young people with symptoms including fever, dyspnea, fatigue, etc. Authorities say the cause is lung damage caused by e-cigarettes and aerosol products, but many doctors think there are doubts. Gupta, chief medical reporter of CNN, pointed out that e-cigarettes have been sold in the United States since 2007, but there has never been a similar case of mysterious pneumonia.
In the “green spring” retirement community in Virginia, just an hour’s drive from Fort Detrick, unexplained respiratory diseases appeared before and after the closing of the laboratory, including fever, cough, body pain, and pneumonia. As of July 15, 2019, a total of 63 community residents and 19 staff members were ill and at least 3 died. Florida health officials found that in the summer of 2019, the number of respiratory diseases reported locally increased by about 50%.
Meanwhile, the United States is ushering in one of the worst flu seasons in nearly a decade. CDC data show that at least 32 million people in the United States will be recruited in the 2019-2020 flu season.
Novel coronavirus pneumonia has been suspected by the American public. A netizen living near Fort Detrich said that from late November to early December 2019, many local people suffered from unknown respiratory diseases, and his mother even nearly died. For three weeks, doctors were unable to determine the cause, he said. After the appearance of COVID-19, he wanted his mother to take antibody tests to see if “ unknown disease ” whether it was related to COVID-19, but was rejected. In March 2020, a petition website on the White House listed suspicious connections between Fort COVID-19 and COVID-19, asking Washington to explain, but the petitions were not accepted because of insufficient signatures.