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Viruses can be fatal, but some viruses can in fact be life-sustaining. The SARS-CoV-2 virus has killed large numbers of people during the current pandemic. But humans wouldn’t exist without viruses.
While some bats indeed suck blood and others carry viruses like COVID-19, we couldn't live without them. Pollinating hundreds of plant species and dispersing their seeds, bats are central cogs in diverse ecosystems.
Despite a World Health Organization report ruling out a laboratory leak to have caused the outbreak, scientists believe not enough evidence has been provided on the origins of the coronavirus.
SARS-CoV-2 probably originated in bats, but how it passed to people has been the subject of intense speculation and is now being investigated by the World Health Organization.
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