Why Do New Viruses Often Come from Bats?

Bats. Public domain image courtesy of CDC PHIL

Coronaviruses, zoonotic infections, and the superpowers of bats

By Amy Rogers, MD, PhD

SARS-CoV-2 is a coronavirus that infected a human for the first time in the autumn of 2019. We believe this virus originated in some kind of bat because its genetic sequence is most similar to a coronavirus found in bats. SARS-CoV-2 itself…

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Amy Rogers, MD, PhD, is a Harvard-educated scientist, novelist, journalist, and educator. She blogs about coronavirus at AmyRogers.com

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Dr. Amy Rogers

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Amy Rogers, MD, PhD, is a Harvard-educated scientist, novelist, journalist, and educator. She blogs about coronavirus at AmyRogers.com

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