NIH Says Bat Research Group Couldn’t Submit Rapid Virus Findings

The National Institutes of Health said Wednesday that a nonprofit group that has come under fire by some Congressional Republicans for its research collaborations in China did not immediately report the findings of studies on how well bat coronaviruses grew in mice. In a letter to Kentucky Republican Representative James Comer, the NIH said the …

Newly Discovered Bat Viruses Offer Clues to Covid’s Origins

In the summer of 2020, six months into the coronavirus pandemic, scientists traveled to the forests of northern Laos to catch bats that may harbor close cousins ​​of the pathogen. In the dead of night, they used mist nets and canvas traps to catch animals emerging from nearby caves, collecting saliva, urine, and fecal samples, …

How to Catch a Bat

“Treat bats as you would unvaccinated children,” says Winifred Frick, chief scientist at Bat Conservation International. Before Covid, biologists used to blow on bats’ faces to stop biting and on their bellies to confirm their reproductive status. Do not do this; you can unintentionally give a bat coronavirus. New bat handling protocols suggest using an …