Coronavirus

6 animals that are susceptible to coronavirus, and 4 that aren’t

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The novel coronavirus SARS-COV-2, which causes Covid-19, is zoonotic — meaning it can infect and be transmitted by animals.

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In a new study, scientists pin-pointed animals that are at a higher or lower risk of becoming infected.

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The team accomplished this by studying a particular enzyme carried by the animals (and us), called ACE2.

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ACE2 is normally used by our body to regulate things like inflammation, blood pressure, and wound-healing. The grooves in its protein structure allow it to capture harmful proteins.

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However, the coronavirus’s spikey exterior fits right into ACE-2’s grooves, allowing it to invade our bodies.

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The scientists analyzed the ACE2 enzyme of 410 vertebrate animals, including 252 mammal species (plus a smattering of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish).

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Here are two animals from each category: very high risk, high risk, medium risk, low risk, and very low risk.

Very high risk

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Western Lowland Gorilla

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Chimpanzee

High Risk

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Beluga Whale

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White Tailed Deer

Medium Risk

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Cat

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Sheep

Low risk

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Dog

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Horse

Very low risk

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Guinea Pig

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Sea Otter

Read a more extensive list here.

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