A new form of the coronavirus has been discovered in bats. This virus was actually named “RhGB01” by experts at Public Health England. The discovery is said to have been made following a study by an undergraduate researcher at the University of East Anglia (UEA). According to the virus, it would not pose a threat to humans. The only possibility that it is harmful to humans is that “RhGB01” mutates. There is currently no formal evidence that it is dangerous to humans.
“Similar viruses were found …”
“Horseshoe bat occurs in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, and the bats we tested are located in the far west of their range. Similar viruses have been found in other species of horseshoe bat in China, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe. For his part, said Professor Diana Bell from the University of East Anglia (UEA).
The ability of the virus to mutate …
The scientists nevertheless emphasized the virus’ ability to mutate. In particular, they insisted on the phenomenon of hybridization. “If a bat that we found infected with RhGB01 was infected with Sars-CoV-2, there is a risk that these viruses will hybridize and a new virus with the RBD of Sars-CoV-2 will appear in humans. Noted Andrew Cunningham of the Zoological Society of London.