Six months into coronavirus pandemic, scientists say exact source may never be identified

As the World Health Organisation prepares to send a team into China to investigate the origin of the Covid-19 disease, scientists with experience tracking virus behaviour say the search could take years of work and may not reach a definitive conclusion.

An advance team of WHO experts is expected to meet Chinese health officials this weekend to set parameters for an international mission. But one obstacle is time itself in tracking the virus transmission route more than six months after the outbreak was identified in central China.

Exactly how, where and when the pathogen got into a human is the unsolved mystery.

The consensus is that Sars-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, likely came from a bat. It may have found its way into another animal, shifting its genetic shape along the way, enabling it to latch onto human cells. Once in a human host it was carried on trains, buses and planes to infect the world as people breathed it in and coughed it out.

Read more on South China Morning Post 

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