The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection that has been raging worldwide may spread from humans to animals and then mutate to re-emerge as SARS-CoV-3 in humans. In this case, the world will have to deal with a new pandemic, said Wang Linpha, a Singapore-based scientist at Duke-NU Medical University.
Professor Wang Linpha warned of the possible emergence of SARS-CoV-3 at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on public health. The scientist noted that science has described cases where the SARS-CoV-2 virus has passed from humans to animals, so we are talking about a more than real threat.
“During the pandemic, there were many cases where pets were infected with the new pathogen from humans. The virus can mutate in an animal’s body and then pass to humans in an already altered form. And then we would have to deal with SARS-CoV-3,” the researcher said.
As in the case of SARS-CoV-2, SARS-CoV-3 can be facilitated by bats, such as those living in the Americas. No pathogens related to SARS-CoV-2 yet exist in local populations of man-oats, and therein lies a great danger. To protect against the emergence of a new coronavirus, it is necessary to carefully monitor viruses that spread among bats.