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High-Likelihood COVID-19 Outbreak: Chinese Scientist Shi Zhengli Sounds The Alarm Again

Justice Manmeet Pritam Singh Arora. 6 1

Renowned Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli, often referred to as “batwoman” due to her extensive work on bat-borne viruses, has issued a stark warning. In a recent paper co-authored with colleagues, Shi Zhengli emphasizes the high likelihood of another coronavirus emerging in the future. Her study, conducted by a team from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, evaluated the risks associated with 40 different coronavirus species, classifying half of them as “highly risky.” 

Among these, six are already known to have caused diseases in humans, while evidence suggests that three others have led to illnesses in animals. 

China: Wuhan Institute Of Virology's 'Batwoman' Shi Zhengli Says Another  Coronavirus Outbreak 'Highly Likely'

Source: Outlook India

Shi Zhengli’s research is underpinned by a comprehensive analysis of viral traits, including population dynamics, genetic diversity, host species, and previous instances of zoonotic transmission. According to her study, the history of coronavirus outbreaks suggests that the likelihood of future disease emergence is nearly certain. 

The alarming prognosis calls for proactive measures to mitigate the impact of potential outbreaks. Zhengli’s work echoes concerns voiced by public health experts who have noted a perceived downplaying of the COVID-19 situation in China, as well as instances of cities discontinuing the release of infection data.

China's 'batwoman' scientist warns another 'highly likely' coronavirus  outbreak in future: Report |

Source: Mint

Identifying the hosts of pathogens is pivotal in understanding and preventing future disease outbreaks. Shi Zhengli and her team pinpointed crucial hosts for the coronavirus, including natural hosts such as bats and rodents. Equally important were the identification of possible intermediate hosts like camels, civets, pigs, or pangolins. 

While such studies may not always be considered groundbreaking or technically challenging, they play a pivotal role in the field of virology. Just as a mushroom textbook guides us away from toxic fungi, the establishment of tools to monitor and manage pathogens is essential for safeguarding public health.

China's 'batwoman' scientist warns another Covid outbreak 'highly likely' |  World News -

Source: Hindustan Times

The world has witnessed the devastating consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, making it imperative to heed the warnings of experts like Shi Zhengli. With the constant evolution of viruses and their potential to cross species barriers, preparedness and transparency are vital. The international community must collaborate to monitor and investigate the emergence of new diseases, ensuring timely responses and global cooperation in the face of health crises.

Shi Zhengli’s moniker “batwoman” stems from her groundbreaking work on bat-borne viruses, which has shed light on the origins of previous coronaviruses like SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2. Her research underscores the importance of studying animal reservoirs to prevent future pandemics. In light of her warnings, governments, organizations, and scientists worldwide must prioritize research into emerging pathogens, allocate resources for surveillance, and establish rapid response protocols to safeguard public health.


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