Intelligent humans can transmit SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus to other primates. A new pathway of disease transmission in the Conversation was revealed by microbiologist Marije De Haas.
The specialist recalls that over the past 26 years, the world has seen six outbreaks of infections associated with viruses carried by bats. The author notes that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is a Chimera of viruses carried by bats and pangolins.
The microbiologist writes that parasitic viruses that infect a new host species initially lead to serious diseases that become less dangerous over time as the parasite and host adapt to each other.
“An example is the transmission of disease between humans and monkeys, which has been shown to occur relatively easily. Studies on monkeys have shown that the latter is extremely sensitive to infection with human respiratory viruses,” the author writes.
As an example, the expert cites the common cold, which gorillas and chimpanzees can easily catch from humans. According to the expert, these and other large primates, in particular, orangutans, can get SARS-CoV-2 from humans. In order to prevent this, the expert calls for restricting people’s access to the habitats of these animals, such as national parks.
In March, the University of Louisiana (US) reported that taking angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers, recommended, in particular, for elderly people with cardiovascular diseases, increases the likelihood of infection with SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in these individuals.