A new research from Canada recently indicated that “man’s best friend” could possibly be the innocent perpetrator behind the spread of COVID-19.
Experts from the University of Ottawa say that stray dogs may have consumed discarded bat meat and passed on the virus to humans; thus, overthrowing the original assumption of pangolins being the intermediary animal.
Since December 2019, experts from all over the world have dedicated themselves to finding the intermediary animal to produce a vaccine for humans.
A researcher responsible for analyzing the virus responsible for COVID-19 claims that the only explanation that could explain their findings is that dogs infected humans.
However, this research was met with some criticism, with one claiming that it was “far too much inference and far too little direct data.”
The author of the study, biologist Xuhua Xia, said that the team’s observations could shape a new hypothesis for the original source of the virus. He theorized that the virus had come from bats and gone through dogs’ stomachs causing it to mutate and evolve. Then, it infected humans.
The research team based its conclusions on the analysis of chemical features from bats, pangolins, dogs, snakes and humans.
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