2019-nCoV: A Possible Progenitor for SARS-CoV with Bat Origin? [post]

Yongchang Xu, Leyi Wang, Xu Jia, Youjun Feng
2020 unpublished
A novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that is initially found to trigger human severe respiratory illness in Wuhan City of China, 2019, has been recognized as a public health emergency of international concern. In the past two months, this deadly agent has caused 77,785 cases with 2,666 deaths via rapid person-to-person transmission and reached at least 25 countries. However, its evolutionary origin is poorly understood. Here we show integrative evidence that 2019-nCoV is a possible progenitor for
more » ... e progenitor for SARS-CoV with bat origin. Our finding underscores the importance of tracing origin in the efficient monitoring, and effectively preventing the interspecies transmission of such emerging/re-emerging coronaviruses.
doi:10.20944/preprints202003.0159.v1 fatcat:ml3lsup45nhalfafcuoyipijlq