Coronavirus can kill primates: animals are at risk

Coronavirus can kill primates: animals are at risk

Emory University experts believe that the effects of coronavirus can affect the animal world. The first who can seriously suffer from a dangerous infection are primates. Gorillas, chimpanzees and other species of large monkeys have a lot in common with humans in terms of health. But the situation is compounded by the fact that primates are much more difficult to tolerate any respiratory infections.

Even a common cold, from which a person does not suffer, can kill a chimpanzee. COVID-10 is a powerful viral infection. And although scientists do not yet know how large monkeys are sick, they are 99 per cent sure that the coronavirus will kill them and this will cause a sharp decline in the primate population.

Scientists have recognized that it is urgent to limit human interaction with large primates in the wild, as well as to limit human interaction with monkeys in zoos, national parks and reserves. The restriction must be in effect until the quarantine is completed due to the coronavirus.

Thomas Gillespie, an environmental ecologist at Emory University, said the pandemic would have critical consequences for public health and the global economy. But the situation with the development of coronavirus is very dangerous for primates.

These animals may be endangered. In some countries, bans on visiting zoos and reserves where primates live have already been introduced. Experts say that only one infected visitor to the zoo is enough to cause a viral chain among animals. Since COVID-19 itself is very dangerous, there is no chance that the monkey that infected it will be able to recover.

Despite quarantine measures, people do not deny themselves the pleasure of unwinding and taking a walk. They go to national parks, zoos, and can become carriers of infection. National parks in Africa and Asia are exposed to the dangers of catching coronavirus, therefore, visiting bans will be introduced there first of all.