We are told that the Wuhan coronavirus, aka SARS-CoV-2, which causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease originated from bats that were sold (and consumed) in live-animal markets in Wuhan, China.
Note: COVID-19 is the abbreviation for corona virus disease 2019.
Sarah Brookbank reports for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Jan. 10, 2020:
The quarter is part of the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program, which honors national parks and other national sites across the United States….
So why a bat?
This quarter honors the National Park of American Samoa. The park is the only one in the U.S. that is home to the Samoan fruit bat, according to the U.S. Mint.
“The reverse (tails) design depicts a Samoan fruit bat mother hanging in a tree with her pup. The image evokes the remarkable care and energy that this species puts into their offspring,” the U.S. Mint said. “The design is intended to promote awareness to the species’ threatened status due to habitat loss and commercial hunting.”
According to a new study, however, snakes instead of bats might be the origin of the Wuhan virus.
According to the study, “New coronavirus may have ‘jumped’ to humans from snakes, study finds,” which was published on Jan. 22, 2020, in the Journal of Medical Virology, the genetic sequence of 2019-nCoV was analyzed to look for patterns in the genetic code that may reveal the host that the virus infects. Based on this analysis, the researchers concluded that 2019-nCoV may have come from snakes. Snakes, like bats, were among the animals sold at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, where many initial cases of COVID-19 worked or visited before they became ill.