Scientists: even in ancient times, people faced coronavirus epidemics
An international group of scientists found out that coronaviruses caused epidemics among people in ancient times, the article was published in the scientific publication Current Biology.
One of the massive outbreaks occurred among the inhabitants of East Asia about 20 thousand years ago. This became clear when studying the human genome, which retained traces of the impact of pandemics on the population.
Proteins that interact with SARS-CoV-2 indicate the conservative nature of the mechanism used by coronaviruses to damage cells in the body. Evolution contributed to the consolidation of the genes of people who tolerated infection more easily than others.
We add that in the past 20 years alone, there have been three outbreaks of severe coronavirus infections on Earth: SARS-Cov in 2002, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 in 2019.
Earlier, American scientists found a genetic trace in the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, indicating its artificial origin.
We add, the expert urged to carefully study the origin of COVID-19, or humanity may face COVID-26 and COVID-32.