Coronavirus Threat to Great Apes (Gorillas, Chimpanzees & Bonobos )
Gorillas, Chimpanzees and other Great Apes under threat by COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
[Coronavirus (COVID-19) Threat Great Apes] – The Novel Coronavirus has hit humankind so hard and now primate scientists’ fear that the virus could pose a mortal threat to our closest living relatives including Gorillas and Chimpanzees.
Already endangered Great apes are threatened by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has already affected over a million people in the globe.
There are four types of Great apes alive today and these are Gorillas, bonobos and Chimpanzees all in Africa as well as the Orangutans in Southeast Asia.
Humans are closely related to great apes, sharing a common ancestor several million years ago. Humans share about 97% -99% DNA with Great Apes. Conservation Experts from the Great Ape Health Consortium released a letter in Nature (https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00859-y) explaining the risk of Coronavirus on great apes.
25 Disease researchers, conservationists and other experts note that primates are susceptible to human respiratory diseases, sometimes fatally. Viruses, some of which have been traced to humans and cause just mild symptoms in people, have sickened and killed apes in several African countries. [Coronavirus (COVID-19) Threat Great Apes]