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Why bats? The common secret behind COVID and Ebola

Unique mammals' habitat and physiology make them receptacles for viruses

As bats evolved to store reservoirs of energy to help them fly, their bodies also might have created a condition that keeps viruses from multiplying to dangerous levels. (Photo courtesy of the University of Tsukuba)

TOKYO -- Many scientists support the theory that a virus from a bat gave rise to the new coronavirus. There were also discussions that bats were involved in the origin of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which disrupted global affairs in 2003. Tracing the causes of infectious diseases that greatly impact humanity, scientists often come back to bats. This is because bats are veritable storehouses for viruses.

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