• Question: How did the Coronavirus start?

    Asked by anon-249574 to Ricardo, Nuru, Kate on 3 Mar 2020.
    • Photo: Kate Mitchell

      Kate Mitchell answered on 3 Mar 2020: last edited 18 Mar 2020 7:35 pm

      We don’t know for sure, but it looks like it originally came from bats, then probably spread from animals to people at a live animal market in Wuhan in China.

      I’m updating my answer (18th) March: this is less certain than I suggested previously – the novel coronavirus is similar to a virus that infects bats, so it may have come from bats. But there’s still more research to be done on this.

    • Photo: Ricardo Sanchez

      Ricardo Sanchez answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      There are many hypotheses but it is believed it began in Wuhan in an animal market as Kate suggested.