March 26, 2020 — Coronaviruses similar to the pandemic-resulting in SARS-CoV-two coronavirus have been observed in pangolins that were smuggled into China, scientists report.

Evidence suggests that bats may possibly be the probably reservoir for SARS-CoV-two, but intermediate host animals that could have led to the transfer of this virus into individuals continue being unfamiliar.

Pangolins are regarded a attainable intermediate host animal because they’re the most widely illegally trafficked mammal — for use as meals and in Jap drugs — and are the only mammals other than bats observed to be infected with a SARS-CoV-two-linked coronavirus.

Researchers analyzed samples