A wet market is a market where perishables such as fresh meat, fish, sea creatures, etc. are sold. This is distinct from dry markets, which sell durable goods such as clothing and electronics. , Some vet markets also sell live animals. Not all vet markets sell live animals.
One such market, the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, Wuhan, in Wuhan, is believed to have played a significant role in the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus pandemic – 2019).
The term wet market was first used by the Singapore government in the early 1970s. The purpose behind doing this was to differentiate the identity of these markets from traditional markets. The term wet market became so popular in Singapore that the Oxford English Dictionary included it in its dictionary.
Traditional wet markets are usually built in temporary sheds, open-air spaces or partially open commercial spaces. Modern wet markets are built in air-conditioned buildings with better ventilation, freezing and refrigeration facilities.