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.
Why bats? The common secret behind COVID and Ebola
Unique mammals' habitat and physiology make them receptacles for viruses