An academic from China, studying bats, warned that the coronavirus is only the “tip of the iceberg”

Researcher from China has warned that the deadly coronavirus faced people, this is “only the tip of the iceberg” in terms of what may soon face humanity without joint efforts to prevent infectious outbreaks.

“If we want to protect humanity from suffering due to the next outbreak of infectious disease, we need to act, to learn about the unknown viruses are in the wild, animals suffer, and in advance to warn people”,- told the news publication of the CGTN in an interview aired on Monday, Shi Jingli, chief research specialist of China viral transmission from bats.

“If we do not study viruses, there can be another outbreak”, said Shi, which the press called “Batwoman” because it deals with the study of mammals. The academic adds that the new viruses even while the world continues to fight the current pandemic.

The coronavirus has already killed more than 345 thousand people around the world since it was first discovered in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year. The laboratory in Wuhan city, where Shi is the first Deputy Director, suspected of intentional spread of the virus that led to the contamination of people. China is also accused that he did not observe the transparency regarding the danger shortly after the outbreak of the virus, and even not telling me about the incidence of its citizens.

Shi denies that her lab is involved in the pandemic, arguing that were held in the laboratory study of other strains. Jingli was the center of the flash when it was first extended last December. Later she admitted she was afraid that the virus could accidentally leak out of her lab. And told me that was relieved when it was established that the genetic sequence COVID-19 did not correspond to anything she studied.

She admitted that she felt bad that many people continue to develop the idea that the virus appeared in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“But the mission must continue,”she said. “What we found is only the tip of the iceberg. Coronaviruses, transmissible bats, will lead to other outbreaks. We need to find them before they find us”.


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