Fact-checked by: Aos Fatos

2020/01/24 | Brazil

False: Coronavirus may have spread due to the consumption of bat soup, according to scientists.

Explanation: There is no evidence to support the claim that the consumption of bat soup is connected to the transmission of the 2019-nCoV. One recent study indicates that the new virus does share genetic information with other kinds of coronaviruses that infect bats, but it is still unclear which animals may have transmitted the virus to humans. Analyzing a genetic database, researchers concluded that Chinese snakes are the most likely reservoir for the new pathogen, but the hypothesis has yet to be tested experimentally.

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