Virologist Doubts Claims Bats are Related to Coronavirus Pandemic

Virologist Doubts Claims Bats are Related to Coronavirus Pandemic

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According to Sergei Kruskop, a Russian biologist and bat expert from Moscow State University, they might be dangerous in terms of COVID-19 transmission only if they form quite large colonies. However, they are unlikely to do so outside the mountainous areas.

The bats could not have triggered the global spread of COVID-19 by transmitting it to humans. This statement was made by Sergei Kruskop, a Russian biologist and bat expert from Moscow State University.

“It is obvious that the connection between the current virus outbreak and bats is fake news,” RIA Novosti says citing Kruskops’s words.

According to him, they might be dangerous in terms of COVID-19 transmission only if they form quite large colonies. However, they are unlikely to do so outside the mountainous areas. At the same time, Kruskop confirmed that a virus highly resembling COVID-19 had been previously identified in bats but there was no scientific evidence that those pathogens were the same.

It is worth recalling that Wuhan was the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China. Subsequently, many experts pointed to the fact that the city has one of the largest food markets in China where exotic animals are sold as food. In particular, they noted the soup made with bats, which may be carriers of the coronavirus, is one of the main delicacies for the locals.

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