Did stray dogs cause the spread of the Coronavirus?

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A study indicates a dog might have eaten bat meat contaminated with COVID-19 and passed it on to people.

From bats to pangolin to stray dogs. A study in the University of Ottowa, printed in Molecular Biology Evolution suggests the coronavirus could have been dispersed by bat meat eaten by stray dogs and then passed to humans — especially dog gut.

Xuhua Xia, a professor at the university, says that the attention on pangolin due to their presence in the markets which sell wild animals in such as those in Wuhan is wrong because they are”too divergent in the SARS-CoV-2″ and therefore are looking for a different distributor of the illness, or even an intermediary since it is called.

“Our observations have allowed the creation of a new hypothesis for the source and initial transmission of SARS-CoV-2,” said Xia. “The ancestor of both SARS-CoV-2 and its nearest relative, a bat coronavirus, infected the gut of canids, most likely leading to a rapid evolution of the virus in canids and its own jump into people. This suggests the importance of monitoring SARS-like coronaviruses in feral dogs in the fight against SARS-CoV-2.”

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