There’s growing scientific evidence that the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is most closely related to other coronaviruses found in bats.
This week, a study revealed a previously unknown coronavirus named RmYN02 that’s 97.1% similar to COVID-19.
It was found in the bats in China’s Yunnan province between May and October 2019.
According to Business Insider, this isn’t the first instance of a cross-species spillover event.
This type of jump also led to the outbreaks of Ebola and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Furthermore, experts don’t think it will be the last.
A fringe theory suggests the new coronavirus could have leaked from a Chinese research laboratory, but there’s little evidence to support it.
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