Morning Jolt: Wait, Natural Bat-Virus Spillover to Humans ‘Is Relatively Rare’?

On the menu today: A Wuhan Institute of Virology study from 2018 examined the villagers who lived closest to the coronavirus-carrying bats in Yunnan Province and concluded that natural "spillover" from bats directly to humans is "relatively rare"; a new article and book lay out how Chinese researchers inadvertently admitted they had a supply of mice with "humanized lungs" lying around before the COVID-19 pandemic started; and a think tank offers a list of options to rebuke China and prevent the next pandemic.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2018: Natural Bat-Virus Spillover 'Is Relatively Rare'

In 2015, researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology traveled to southern Yunnan Province in China to get a sense of how much natural viral infection of human beings occurred among those living closest to the virus-shedding horseshoe bats in the province. The astounding part, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, is not what they found; it's what they didn't find.

The study, published three years later, described its methodology as "perform[ing] serological surveillance on people who live in close proximity to caves where bats ...

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Wait, Natural Bat-Virus Spillover to Humans 'Is Relatively Rare'?

On the menu today: A Wuhan Institute of Virology study from 2018 examined the villagers who lived closest to the coronavirus-carrying bats in Yunnan Province and concluded that natural "spillover" from bats directly to humans is "relatively rare"; a new article and book lay out how Chinese researchers inadvertently admitted they had a supply of mice with "humanized lungs" lying around before the COVID-19 pandemic started; and a think tank offers a list of options to rebuke China and prevent the next pandemic.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2018: Natural Bat-Virus Spillover 'Is Relatively Rare'

In 2015, researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology traveled to southern Yunnan Province in China to get a sense of how much natural viral infection of human beings occurred among those living closest to the virus-shedding horseshoe bats in the province. The astounding part, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, is not what they found; it's what they didn't find.

The study, published three years later, described its methodology as "perform[ing] serological surveillance on people who live in close proximity to caves where bats ...   READ MORE

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