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Twin Mammals and COVID-19: Life and Science of the Suspects

Version 1 : Received: 26 March 2020 / Approved: 27 March 2020 / Online: 27 March 2020 (11:44:47 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 27 March 2020 / Approved: 30 March 2020 / Online: 30 March 2020 (08:16:22 CEST)

How to cite: Anjum, N.A. Twin Mammals and COVID-19: Life and Science of the Suspects. Preprints 2020, 2020030410 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0410.v2). Anjum, N.A. Twin Mammals and COVID-19: Life and Science of the Suspects. Preprints 2020, 2020030410 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0410.v2).

Abstract

The world is puzzling over the origin of the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that is caused by a novel coronavirus-2019 (2019-nCoV). As of 26th March 2020, the World Health Organization has reported 46,2,684 confirmed cases and 20,834 confirmed deaths in total due to COVID-19. To this end, two unique mammals namely bats and pangolins are being investigated for their potential link to COVID-19. However, the evidence so far gathered in this context is far from clear. This paper aimed to: (i) enlighten the major aspects of life of bats and pangolins; (ii) briefly discusses their potential link to COVID-19; and also (iii) to highlight the way forward. The outcomes may contribute to future research on the subject.

Subject Areas

Coronavirus; 2019-nCoV; COVID-19; bat, pangolin

Comments (1)

Comment 1
Received: 30 March 2020
Commenter: Naser A. Anjum
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: Updated/corrected the data related with WHO-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and death due to COVID-19. Changes were done in Abstract, Table 1 and reference WHO 2020a.
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