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Not Just Bats: Researchers Say Numerous Mammals Could Host Unknown Coronaviruses – Inside Science News Service

(Inside Science) — Most of the coronaviruses that humans encounter typically cause only mild infections. But the three most recent novel strains — SARS-CoV-1,…

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(Inside Science) — Most of the coronaviruses that humans encounter typically cause only mild infections. But the three most recent novel strains — SARS-CoV-1, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 — are unusually virulent with relatively high fatality rates. They also have a shared origin story: They all developed in other mammalian species.
Cross-species transmission is one of the most common ways scientists become aware of new viruses, but it is also incredibly complicated to model…

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