Today’s fact of life#50


Coronavirus originally came from bats. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause diseases in animals. Of all the different types of coronavirus present in the animal kingdom only seven have made the jump to infecting humans – with this latest one, the Covid-19 strain, being the 7th on that list. The Covid-19 strain of coronavirus was identified by matching its genetic code to the same one found in bats. Now, this global pandemic is thought to have started in Wuhan’s wet market, a market selling both live and dead animals. However, bats were not sold at the Wuhan wet market in question, and thus it has been theorized that bats had infected live chickens or other animals sold at the market.



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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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