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Bats, Snakes, and Pangolins: The COVID-19 Suspects

Various studies support the theory that COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease — one that originated from animals and passed on to human beings. What has still to be confirmed is the culprit animal species. Yet, bats, snakes and pangolins have already become prime suspects.


Department of Health Official Facebook, Laging Handa Briefing, April 15, 2020

World Health Organization, Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) Situation Report 13, February 2, 2020

VERA Files Fact Check: Video of bats, snakes, other animals sold at ‘Wuhan’ wet market NOT TRUE; it’s in Indonesia, February 3, 2020

World Health Organization, Q&A; on Coronaviruses (COVID-19), April 18, 2020

VERA Files Fact Check: FB posts saying novel coronavirus is from bats bear FALSE HEADLINE, February 12, 2020

International Union for Conservation, Pangolin

Earth Journalism Network Webinar on Zoonotic Diseases, April 2, 2020