Scientists detected 6 new types of coronaviruses. Are they dangerous to humans?

By Daniel Carrera | World Pandemic | 20 Apr 2020

Everything is not yet known about the new coronavirus, but the scientific community assures that it is highly contagious and that is why we must take special care in our hygiene to prevent its transmission.

So it emerged that the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo and Biological Conservation Institute published a study, revealing the existence of six new types of bat coronavirus in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (better known as Burma).

The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, explains that after the start of the covid-19 pandemic in China, analyzes were conducted to determine if there were more viruses that could infect humans and emerge from wildlife.

They found that there are seven types of coronaviruses in bats, one previously registered and six unknown, although none of them represent a danger to humanity.

The leader of the study was biologist Marc Valitutto, who explained that the discovery makes it clear how close we are to wildlife and how it can affect human lifestyle.

The specialist added that the study is part of the PREDICT program of the United States government, with which pathogens potentially dangerous to humans and originating from wildlife are monitored and discovered.

According to Valitutto, his team focused on Burma because humans often have frequent contact with wildlife, thanks to urban development and terraformism.

They collected more than 750 faecal and bat saliva samples, as it is theorized that there are still thousands of coronaviruses that have not been discovered and could be present in these animals.

Study co-author Suzan Murray, director of the Smithsonian's Global Health Program, explained that the finding of the six new types of coronaviruses demonstrate the importance of monitoring species globally to prevent future pandemics.

"Many coronaviruses may not pose a risk to humans, but when we identify these diseases in animals in early stages, that is, from the source, we have a valuable opportunity to investigate a potential threat. So surveillance, research and education are the best tools to prevent pandemics before they occur. "

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