Can Bats Spread Coronavirus and Other Diseases?
Since emerging from China a few months ago, the new coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19 has become a worldwide health concern. Thousands of people in countries around the world, including Canada, have become infected. Researchers believe that the new virus originated from bats in China, which may have Canadians wondering if native bats could spread the illness. The short answer is no. Transmission of coronavirus from Canadian bats to human beings is extremely unlikely. However, it is true that bats harbour a great number of viruses, some of which do have the ability to spread to humans. Therefore, if you see a bat on your property, there is no need to panic, but it may be a good idea to contact Whitby animal services to cope with the problem in a humane manner.