The bat woman warns that other viruses from the Corona family may spread
The Bat Woman is a prominent Chinese scientist in the study of viruses named (Shi Jingli), and she works at the Institute of Virology in Wuhan, the birthplace of the Corona virus, and is called "Batman" or "The Bat Woman" because of her research that focuses on viruses that affect bats. She was accused that her laboratory was the cause of the spread of Corona, but she denied the matter.
And a prominent Chinese virus professor, Shi Jingli, explained that these viruses, including those close to the "SARS Cove 2" strain, are the scientific name of the emerging corona virus, and "are likely to spread in nature outside China."
She added that "we should not only look for them in China, but also in South Asian countries," and stressed that her team did not discover viruses in wild animals and animal farms in the Wuhan region, although they took many samples from them.
Since the first weeks of the outbreak of the Corona epidemic, scientists have linked the virus to wild bats living in China, accusing the flying mammals of transmitting it to humans, although there are no laboratory confirmations of this so far.
The Chinese scientist believes that the natural reservoir for coronaviruses is bats, although she touched on the possibility that the virus was transmitted to an intermediate animal before it reached humans, while this medium has not been definitively identified.
It is unclear how long the virus took in the intermediate animal and humans, until the first infections were reported late last year.
"It is possible that the virus had remained for a long time in animals and humans before the outbreak was noticed," Shi said.
And Edward Holmes, a virologist at the University of Sydney, agreed with the idea that the virus may be in an intermediate animal, and perhaps even in humans, for a few months before its global outbreak.
Holmes added that "it is possible that the transmission of the infection that led to the Corona virus, took place in areas far from Wuhan, the cradle of the so far known epidemic."