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A stray cat on the streets of an empty Istanbul. For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website . Coronaviruses have lived and thrived in animals for thousands of years, but only a handful have been known to cause illness in humans. The coronavirus at the center of the current pandemic, SARS-CoV-2 , is incredibly successful at spreading from human to human. As of early April -- just four months after it was first detected -- the virus had infected over 1 million people and spread to over 180 countries. It turns out that SARS-CoV-2 can hijack animal cells, too. Scientists believe the disease originated in Chinese horseshoe bats before it ... Full story

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