(ORDO NEWS) — The coronavirus could have adapted to the human body in China back in 2012. The new version of the infection was presented by virologist Jonathan Latham and biologist Allison Wilson, writes The Sun.
The infection of six Chinese people is likely related to work to clean up bat feces from the mine.
Virologist Jonathan Latham and biologist Allison Wilson found data according to which a new type of coronavirus could be transmitted from a bat to a person back in 2012. This was reported by the newspaper The Sun.
It is noted that at that time six Chinese miners from Yunnan province cleaned the mine of bat feces for about two weeks, after which they fell ill. The doctor who treated them recorded symptoms characteristic of the new coronavirus COVID-19 – pneumonia, dry cough, pain in the limbs and high fever.
According to the medical records, all the miners required ventilation, but three of them died anyway.
Test samples from six patients were studied in a Wuhan laboratory, after which they said that the miners were sick with a coronavirus, similar to SARS, the report said.
Based on this, scientists admit that COVID-19 was already adapted to the human body.
As a reminder, Chinese experts said back in February that bats are the most likely source and carrier of a new type of coronavirus.
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