Bat species are suspected to be the original carriers of the current SARS-CoV-2 virus. According to the prevailing theory, the virus traveled through humans through another carrier animal, after which a global pandemic originated in Wuhan in late 2019.
We now know much more about the virus and its behavior than it did in the spring. We understand that its spread is related to human interaction. Because of this, stickers are displayed in the cash register queue at the convenience store to maintain sufficient distance.
A new study shows that the same information would have been available by monitoring the daily lives of real coronaveterans, as bats have also understood the importance of social distance.
Researchers caught 31 vampire bat females. They divided them into two groups, one of which was given an immunosuppressive injection. The other half received saline alone.
The bats were then fitted with proximity sensors and released back into the wild.
The results are startling: 16 infected bats noticed that healthy fellow species literally took distance and focused on being close to others healthy.
Behavioural Ecology A study published in the journal showed that a sick bat had, on average, four “friends” less than one who had received saline alone.
The disease clearly reduced the bats ’chances of social life. They did understand the ways in which the epidemic was progressing.
– The sensors opened a window for us to monitor the social life of these bats, research team leader Simon Ripperger said.