A group of scientists named the animals most susceptible to infection with coronavirus, the results of the study were published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Experts from the Institute of Infectious Diseases of Switzerland, the Institute of Virology and Immunology of the University of Bern, together with colleagues from Germany and Costa Rica, studied 12 species of mammals. They selected dogs, pigs, rabbits, goats, llamas, two species of bats for their scientific work. In addition, rhesus monkeys, ferrets, cattle, cats and camels were brought to the laboratory. Scientists examined cells from their airways.
Experts injected cells with coronavirus in Petri dishes, and then observed how fast the virus reproduces itself. The coronavirus was able to multiply only on two samples - on particles of the lungs of cats and rhesus monkeys. Thus, monkeys and felines are most susceptible to SARS-CoV-2.
Then the scientists tried to "launch" the full-sized virus, but it did not develop in the cells. Experts concluded that COVID-19 cannot fully grow in the body of cats and monkeys. Despite this, they called for monitoring the condition of these two groups of mammals, as the most vulnerable to the virus.
Earlier, biologist Ancha Baranova noted: the main danger of the transmission of coronavirus from people to animals is that from infected populations the virus can spread to humans even after the pandemic is over. Such natural foci are currently being formed or have already formed.