Bambi: Covid-19’s New Reservoir

A new study that found SARS-CoV-2 spreading quickly through the white-tailed deer population in the middle of the US spells bad news for any hopes of eliminating the virus.
 
The preprint research published last week by Pennsylvania State University veterinarians found 30% of deer in Iowa studied in 2020 had active SARS-CoV-2 infections. A previous survey found that 40% of white-tailed deer in the Northeast and Midwest had antibodies against the coronavirus.
 
The Quote: “If the virus has opportunities to find an alternate host besides humans, which we would call a reservoir, that will create a safe haven where the virus can continue to circulate even if the entire human population becomes immune,” said Penn State veterinary virologist Suresh Kuchipudi, who co-led the study. “And so it becomes more and more complicated to manage or even eradicate the virus.”
 
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