Ever since coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged between 2019/2020, the need for cleanliness and perfect hygiene has to be enforced on people, both in their homes and work places.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), this deadly Virus has claimed over 20,000 lives across the globe and over 200,000 have tested positive to the virus.
The above result has made lots of people to ask questions, what corona-virus is, where it came from, how it came to being?
In this article, we are going to share three likely animals that scientists claimed to have caused the dreaded coronavirus.
From Bats To Snakes.
The researchers used an analysis of the protein codes favored by the new coronavirus and compared it to the protein codes from coronavirus found in different animal hosts, like snakes and bats. Surprisingly, they found that the protein codes in the 2019-nCoV are most similar to those used in snakes.
Snakes often hunt for bats in the wild. Reports also indicate that snakes were sold in the local seafood markets in Wuhan, raising the possibility that the 2019-nCoV might have jumped from the host species–bats–to snakes and then to humans at the beginning of this coronavirus outbreak. However, how the virus could adapt to both the cold-blooded and warm-blooded hosts.
Helen Briggs looks at how scientists are trying to trace the source of the outbreak and the race is on to find out how the deadly coronavirus jumped from animals to humans.
Somewhere in China, a bat flits across the sky, leaving a trace of coronavirus in its droppings, which fall to the forest floor. A wild animal, possibly a pangolin snuffling for insects among the leaves, picks up the infection from the excrement.
“Researchers in China are studying this but have not yet identified a source,” they said at the time.
Only a few days later, researchers Shen Yongyi and Xiao Lihua of South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou announced in a press conference that they might have identified the pangolin as the source of the virus.
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