...this raises the logical question, why a virus can be found as "new" or "never been found before" at all?
You've done a great job of outlining the basic ONTOLOGICAL PROBLEM.
Did the first chicken egg come from a proto-chicken (OR) did the first chicken hatch from a proto-chicken egg? It's really just an ONTOLOGICAL CHOICE.
When (or if) we are able to copy human "consciousness" into a machine, it will only be able to "survive" in a simulated body and a simulated environment.