Coronavirus (COVID-19): Did Coronavirus Really Come From Bats?

Published: March 22, 2020
Dear TeenHealthFX,
What makes coronavirus different from the flu? I heard it came from bats is that even possible????
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Dear Coronavirus (COVID-19): Did Coronavirus Really Come From Bats?,

First, we would like to point out that there is a lot of misinformation going around on the internet. It is very important to make sure you are getting information from a reliable source like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO).


According to the CDC, the exact origin of the disease officially called COVID-19 and the virus that causes it SAR-CoV-2 is not yet known.  We do know that some coronaviruses like Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) began as infections in bats and then spread to humans.  Public health officials know that the first infections in China were linked to a live animal market, and now the virus is spreading person to person.  They are working hard to identify the source.


New information is becoming available daily and we will continue to provide the most up-to-date information. Check back to our site daily for reliable information. 


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