Can Humans Give Coronavirus to Bats, and Other Wildlife?

Many people worry about bats as a source of viruses, including the one that has caused a worldwide pandemic. But another question is surfacing: Could humans pass the novel coronavirus to wildlife, specifically North American bats? It may seem like the last pandemic worry right now, far down the line after concerns about getting sick […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Italy Returns to Work but Not to School

All viruses mutate, but there’s no sign that the new coronavirus has become deadlier, scientists say. How Coronavirus Mutates and Spreads The virus has mutated. But that doesn’t mean it’s getting deadlier. All viruses mutate, and the coronavirus is no exception. But there is no compelling evidence yet that it is evolving in a way […]

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Did a Mutation Turbocharge the Coronavirus? Not Likely, Scientists Say

All viruses mutate, and the coronavirus is no exception. But there is no compelling evidence yet that it is evolving in a way that has made it more contagious or more deadly. Natural selection can favor viruses carrying a beneficial mutation, leading it to spread more widely. But it’s also possible for a neutral mutation […]

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Animal Viruses Are Jumping to Humans. Forest Loss Makes It Easier.

The destruction of forests into fragmented patches is increasing the likelihood that viruses and other pathogens will jump from wild animals to humans, according to a study from Stanford University published this month. The research, which focused on contact between humans and primates in western Uganda, holds lessons for a world reeling from the coronavirus […]

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