(FreedomBeacon.com)- The coronavirus just doesn’t want to go away, and the latest strain of the virus is believed to have originated in dogs. According to a study published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal on Thursday, researchers explained how a coronavirus that originated in dogs was found in hospital patients suffering from pneumonia between 2017 and 2018.
It could be the eights totally unique coronavirus known to infect humans if it is confirmed to be a pathogen.
In the study, researchers explained how nasal swab samples that were taken from over 300 pneumonia patients in Sarawak, an Eastern state in Malaysia, came back with positive tests for the canine coronavirus. Eight of the samples were positive and most of those samples came from children – suggesting that, like COVID-19, this coronavirus may have different effects on people depending on their age.
After performing further genomic sequencing on the virus, which is named CoV-HuPn-2018, researchers discovered that the virus was similar to viruses known to have infected both dogs and pigs. There was also a genetic mutation in the virus that has not been seen in any other kind of canine coronavirus, but has been found in SARS-COV and SARS-COV-2.
The researchers explained how their surprising findings suggest that the virus jumped from an animal to a human – the same theory used to describe how COVID-19 may have originally come from a bat in Wuhan, China. They added that more studies are necessary, however, to determine whether it is possible for the virus to be transmitted between humans.
In other words…they need to perform tests to see if we have another coronavirus pandemic on our hands…
They added that it was unclear so far whether the canine coronavirus is likely to make a person sick and said that it’s possible that the virus was being carried in the patients’ body without causing illness.
Let’s see how this one plays out…