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Israeli researchers cast doubt on bats as COVID-19 source

Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on September 5, 2022 at 7:50 PM

Israeli researchers cast doubt on bats as COVID-19 source

According to Tel Aviv University experts in Israel, a study of hundreds of papers on the claimed links between bats and viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 found no "sufficient compelling scientific proof" that the flying animals are responsible for the formation of COVID-19 in humans.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the study, published in the journal iScience, says it's a mistake to connect "possession of antibodies" with functioning as continuous carriers of the illness that created them.

The meta-analysis discovered that for "over 100 viruses for which bats are considered potential reservoirs," from Ebola to COVID, nearly half were "based on the incidence of antibodies or PCR tests, rather than actual isolation of identical viruses. Moreover, many of the reported findings are not convincing."

While "in many cases, a virus similar to a human pathogen is liable to be found in bats ... it is not pathogenic to humans and is not sufficient to use bats as a reservoir," according to the study led by Dr. Maya Weinberg. "Bats have a highly effective immune system that enables them to deal relatively easily with viruses considered lethal for other mammals."

According to the results, the organisms have a skill for "moderate inflammatory pathways" which stops their immune systems from responding to infections. They have "an excellent balance between resistance and tolerance."

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