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COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin - The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2 - Nature Medicine
The researchers proposed bats as the most likely reservoir for SARS-CoV-2 as it is very similar to a bat coronavirus. There are no documented cases of direct bat-human transmission, however, suggesting that an intermediate host was likely involved between bats and humans.

... But the scientists found that the SARS-CoV-2 backbone differed substantially from those of already known coronaviruses and mostly resembled related viruses found in bats and pangolins.

The pangolin ("most trafficked animal in the world") whose scales are used for medicine, or some similar animal seems to be the prime candidate for the intermediate host. Analogous to SARS where it went from bats to civets.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 11:04:41 PM EST
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