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Thursday, January 23, 2020

FACT CHECK: No Conclusive Evidence Links Consumption Of Bats With The Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak

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CLAIM: "Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak linked to eating bats"
Inadequate support: Bats are indeed natural hosts for many coronaviruses, however, no evidence supports the claim that the Wuhan coronavirus was transmitted to humans who ate bats.

Misleading: Although bats sold in Wuhan’s wet market, where the outbreak started, may have been the source of the coronavirus infection, many other types of animal meat sold at the market are also possible sources. Not enough scientific evidence suggests that bats, rather than civet cats, snakes, or other meat animals that carry coronaviruses, caused the outbreak.

This claim suggesting that the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak resulted from people eating bats was published in several outlets including the Daily Star, The Sun and Infowars, with many articles going viral on Facebook within a day of publication.

Professor Linfa Wang, director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases program at the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, explained that although a recent report shows genetic similarities between a coronavirus found in bats and 2019-nCoV[1], this in itself does not indicate whether direct bat-to-human transmission had occurred.

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