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Coronavirus Likely To Have Transmitted To Humans From An Animal, WHO Report Says.

Coronavirus Likely To Have Transmitted To Humans From An Animal, WHO Report Says.

As per a new 120 page report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the novel Coronavirus is likely to have spread to humans through animals, though it said that further study was required in this regard. The report also states that the virus first jumped to humans no sooner than a month or two before December 2019, when it first came to light. 

Coronavirus Likely To Have Transmitted To Humans From An Animal, WHO Report Says.

The organization is dedicated to the research of the origin of the virus. 

On Tuesday, the WHO Director-General Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the media that no hypothesis is being left out in the hunt for the origin of Coronavirus, adding that the report was a ‘very important beginning, but it is not the end.’ He also said that the source of Coronavirus is yet to be found. 

Coronavirus Likely To Have Transmitted To Humans From An Animal, WHO Report Says.

But the investigation has not found what other animal was infected by a bat — considered the most likely original source of the virus — and then may have transmitted it to a human. “The possible intermediate host of SARS-CoV-2 remains elusive,” the report reads.

The report, which was released on Tuesday, stated many possible origins of the virus. 

Among the most likely one is a captured wild animal who was raised on a farm and was infected and acted as an intermediary host to the virus. 

However, the hypothesis could not find any other animal infected by a bat, before being transmitted to a human. Bats are considered the most likely origin source of Coronavirus. 

In this  scenario, the report read “The possible intermediate host of SARS-CoV-2 remains elusive.”

Another possible scenario could be direct transmission by animals known to carry the Coronavirus, such as bats and pangolins. 

The report detailed even more scenarios, like virus introduction through frozen foods considered a ‘possible pathway’, while introduction from a laboratory experiment considered ‘extremely unlikely pathway’ 

The Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Robert Redfield said that his personal opinion was that the virus was released from a lab, albeit unintentionally. His claim was not corroborated by any evidence. 

The report also had remarks from Tedros, who said that to understand the first cases of the Coronavirus, scientists would need complete access to biological samples back from September 2019. 

He claimed that during his discussions with the team who created the report, they expressed difficulties in accessing raw data. Tedros added that he hoped any future collaborative studies could include more comprehensive data sharing.  

The team which has prepared the report is a joint international collaboration of WHO, 17 Chinese experts, 17 experts from other countries, Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), while The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) participated as an observer. 

Much has been made about the origin and mutative nature of the Coronavirus, which has infected more than 128 Million people across the globe and is responsible for close to 2.80 million deaths worldwide. 

In the US alone, the virus has been responsible for more than 30 million cases and 550,000 deaths, ever since it started spreading last year. The virus is also mutating, with several variants like the deadly B.1.1.7 circulating across the nation. 

Joe Biden, the US president, along with Dr. the Director of Center for Drug Control & Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky have warned Americans to follow public health measures and wear masks in order to curb the spread of the virus as mass vaccinations take place across the country. 

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