Pangolins have been under scrutiny as a potential source of the coronavirus since the emergence of Covid-19. Recent research has revealed that the genetic makeup of the coronavirus found in pangolins is 90% identical to the strain found in humans. However, there is still ongoing debate among scientists regarding the role of pangolins in the transmission of the virus.
Pangolins are unique mammals native to Asia and Africa. They are known for their distinctive scales and are often hunted for their meat and scales, which are used in traditional medicine. These endangered creatures have been proposed as an intermediate host for the coronavirus, bridging the gap between bats and humans.
In the study, researchers analyzed the viral genome of pangolins and compared it to the genome of the coronavirus found in humans. The results showed a striking similarity, with a 90% genetic match. This finding suggests that pangolins may have played a role in the transmission of the virus to humans.
Despite this discovery, the scientific community remains divided. Some experts argue that pangolins may have served as a host for the virus, allowing it to evolve and adapt before spreading to humans. Others believe that the similarities between pangolin and human strains could be coincidental, highlighting the need for further research.
Understanding the origin of the coronavirus is crucial for preventing future outbreaks. Pangolins have been flagged as a potential target for conservation efforts due to their endangered status and potential role in the spread of zoonotic diseases. Further investigations into the relationship between pangolins and the coronavirus could provide valuable insights into the prevention and control of viral outbreaks.
It is important to note that while pangolins may have played a role in the transmission of Covid-19, the virus is primarily transmitted from person to person through respiratory droplets. Public health measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and vaccination remain the most effective means of reducing the spread of the virus.
– Cassidy Morrison, Senior Health Reporter for Dailymail.Com