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Covid-19: Infectious coronaviruses ‘circulating in bats for decades’ – Yahoo News Australia

Research suggests a close ancestor of the coronavirus emerged in bats between 40 and 70 years ago.

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Bats may harbour viruses, but should not be persecuted, say experts
Coronaviruses capable of infecting humans may have been circulating undetected in bats for decades.
Research suggests one of the closest known ancestors of the virus that causes Covid-19 emerged in bats between 40 and 70 years ago.
It has been poised for human crossover for some time, the scientists said.
And this casts further doubt on conspiracy theories that the virus causing Covid-19 was bioengineered or escaped from a l…

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