Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
8 minute read
15 Apr 2020
2:21 pm

Blaming animals off the bat for Covid-19 pandemic is wrong

Nica Richards

Although bats do host several coronaviruses, and were sold in wet markets, they can't be blamed for the spread of Covid-19. That assumption rests squarely on the shoulders of human beings.

Bats pose no danger to humans in their natural habitat. Image: iStock

As qualified and armchair scientists continue to analyse the source of SARS-CoV 2, one species besides humans are taking a beating. Since it emerged that the source of the novel coronavirus could be traced to a wet market in Wuhan, and that bats could have been hosts of Covid-19, people have blamed these winged mammals for causing the virus. This assumption is not completely true though. Although bats do host many strains of coronaviruses, and bats were sold in the wet market in question, bats can not be blamed for the spread of Covid-19. That assumption rests squarely on the...