Thread: [Merged] 2019-nCoV / Corona virus
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Old 21st January 2020, 01:27 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by deadrose View Post
It's one of many coronaviruses (-virii, whatever), not THE coronavirus. They can cause everything from a bad cold to SARS & MERS. This one is new to science, though, and appears to have come from bats, which are eaten in the area where it first occurred. It's happily settled in to humans though, and is now human-transmissible.

Eating wild animals has introduced a lot of interesting diseases to humans.
Bats are particularly bad. They harbour bad diseases that don't kill them but kill us. Apparently they have a super immune system that is always turned up to 11. In Australia they have spread a disease via horses to vets who go to treat the sick horse. The Hendra virus has a 100% fatality rate. Fortunately it can't be spread between humans.
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