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We discovered a coronavirus similar to the covid-19 virus 7 years ago


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We discovered a coronavirus similar to the covid-19 virus 7 years ago

By Debora MacKenzie Remus86/Getty ImagesTHE Covid-19 coronavirus is similar to one detected in bats in China in 2013. But a failure to act on the warnings of those who studied it means we missed an opportunity to protect human health. While some are now saying the Covid-19 virus passed to humans from pangolins, it is…

We discovered a coronavirus similar to the covid-19 virus 7 years ago

By Debora MacKenzie

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THE Covid-19 coronavirus is similar to one detected in bats in China in 2013. But a failure to act on the warnings of those who studied it means we missed an opportunity to protect human health.

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While some are now saying the Covid-19 virus passed to humans from pangolins, it is likely that pangolins are merely victims of the infection, like us. “From the virology evidence available to date, the virus is almost certainly from a species of bat,” says Andrew Cunningham of the Zoological Society of London.

For years, Zheng-Li Shi and her colleagues at the Wuhan …

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