Members of Congress Calling for Investigation Into Event That Could Upend COVID Timeline

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Members of Congress are now calling for an investigation into questions raised about people getting sick with COVID-like symptoms and the unusual circumstances surrounding the World Military Games in Wuhan at a critical time — in October 2019.

Here’s the U.S. contingent marching in at those Games.

More than 9,000 athletes from all over the world, including 284 athletes and staff from the United States went to Wuhan in October and many of them reported COVID-type symptoms as well as other people around them getting sick after they returned to their home countries.

There were also unusual circumstances that raised questions including that many of the athletes said ​Wuhan looked like a “ghost town” in October‚ two months before China reported the first case of coronavirus there, according to the NY Post.

According to the Daily Mail, many other athletes at the Games commented on intense cleaning measures put in place in Wuhan, with almost 250,000 volunteers assisting the events. Oliver Gorges, a triathlete from Luxembourg reported that his temperature was recorded when he arrived at the airport, and athletes were forced to wash their hands every time they entered the canteen and were ordered not to take food out of the premises. “It was strange,” he added.

From NY Post:

“Given unanswered questions surrounding the origins of the pandemic, information involving the health of service members who participated in the 2019 games could provide key evidence in understanding when COVID-19 first emerged,” Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) wrote​​ to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff​, the report said​.

“While anecdotal, these reports raise important questions about the timeline of the initial COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan.”​

Gallagher is urging the Pentagon to interview the athletes who were at the games and determine if they were tested for antibodies for the virus.

Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) also called for an investigation in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra about whether the agency was aware of US athletes falling ill after returning from Wuhan.

“The World Military Games’ proximity to the [Wuhan Institute of Virology] and the new details of the athletes potentially being exposed to COVID-19 while participating in the event present an alarming coincidence our government must investigate to establish an accurate timeline of the outbreak,” Marshall wrote in his letter.

Gallagher called an investigation essential to getting to the truth.

“Establishing a timeline is critical to understanding where this came from and critical to getting past what I believe to be a systematic cover-up by the Chinese Communist Party’s aggressive propaganda campaign designed in part to blame our military, the U.S. Army for spreading this disease,” Gallagher said.

“We can’t accept that the communists are lying to us. They are gaslighting us and they are doing it in many cases with the complicity of the mainstream media and some in our own public health community.”

While it’s possible that the people may have gotten sick for other reasons, they need to do a thorough investigation and check the antibodies of the athletes. Plus, they need to inquire further into the circumstances the athletes were indicating about the city and the attendant actions.