Lobsters and COVID


Kaitlyn Ryan, Writer

Why don’t lobsters like to share… because they are shellfish. This old joke brings up the latest and greatest, “Where did Covid start?” story of the week.  The truth is no one really knows where Covid came from. At first, it was bats, then wild boars, racoons and dogs. It is said to come from China, US, Russia and South Africa. The latest theory is Maine lobsters. Someone found out that there was a shipment of Maine lobsters sent to Wuhan, China, (where the first cases of Covid were reported), in 2019.  Maines’s lobster industry has been caught in the crossfire of U.S. and Chinas trade relations for several years.

The Lobster story all started with Marcel Schliebs, a researcher at the University of Oxford.  He had been tracking Chinese diplomats and state media messages on Twitter for 18 months. That’s when he spotted the emergence of a surprising new corona virus theory. Zha Liyou, the Chinese general in Kolkata, India, tweeted an unfound claim that COVID-19 could have been imported from China into the U.S. through a batch of Maine lobsters shipped to a seafood market in Wuhan, China, in November 2019. With some more digging, Schliebs discovered over 550 twitter accounts and sent them all NBC News, spreading different languages from all over. This is just one example of the crazy theories people are willing to believe about the origins of Covid.  According to released documents from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Intelligence Council (IC), “The IC was able to reach broad agreement on several other key issues. We judge the virus was not developed as a biological weapon. Most agencies also assess with low confidence that SARS-CoV-2 probably was not genetically engineered; however, two agencies believe there was not sufficient evidence to make an assessment either way. Finally, the IC assesses China’s officials did not have foreknowledge of the virus before the initial outbreak of COVID-19 emerged.”  The best officials can do for now is rule out several theories, but they do not have a good answer for where did this come from. In this report, it states that the most approved theory is that Covid-19 was passed from an animal to humans.  This new mutation was deadly to humans.

The journalism department asked several people in the building what they thought about Covid-19.  Patrick Davidson, eighth grader, said, “I thought it was a joke, but I was happy because we got 2 weeks off school.” I think it started in China. If I could do anything to make Covid-19 a little better it would be that we didn’t have to wear masks anymore.” Gabriel Williams, seventh grader, said, “I complained a lot.  I have no clue where covid started. I would not make Covid-19 exist so that everything could go back to the way it was.” Layla Zeph, sixth grader, said, “I had Covid.  I had a sore throat and felt horrible for about two weeks.  I would tell everyone to get vaccinated, so they have a lower risk of having Covid-19.”

Mrs. Amy Fry, eighth grade language arts teacher, said, “My first reaction about Covid was, nothing, I was speechless, and I never would have thought that it would still be going on two years later. I honestly don’t know where Covid started. There could be so many possibilities. If I could do anything to make COVID-19 better, it would be to give everyone the availability to protect themselves.”

There are many different opinions on how people think COVID-19 started. Maine lobsters is the new theory and there will be more in the future.  For now, how it started might be the key to find out how to stop it.