Scientists of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shandong University conducted a study on the evolutionary origin of SARS-COV-2 and found 24 new types of coronavirus at the bats. Results are published in Cell magazine.
Experts studied samples of saliva and livelihood products 342 volatile mice, collected from May 2019 to November 2020. In the material, researchers discovered more than two dozen COVID-19 genomes and revealed four coronavirus, similar to SARS-COV-2, caused a pandemic.
According to scientists, the viruses associated with SARS-COV-2 continue to circulate in the volatile mice populations. Experts stressed that bats are an excellent natural tank for pathogens causing severe diseases in humans.
“In addition to bats and people, a coronavirus infection can infect many domestic and wild animals, including pigs, cattle, mice, cats, dogs, chickens, deer and heroes,” says Publications.