CGTN Exclusive: The story of COVID-19 told by a Wuhan lab expert

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Shi Zhengli, a Chinese virologist based at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, has long been known as China’s “bat woman” for tracking down dozens of SARS-like diseases in bats. She has been the focus of conspiracy theories during the COVID-19 outbreak. Her work and the lab have been accused of being the origins of the novel coronavirus. Shi recently published her new research into SARS-related pathogens, animal hosts and evolution. CGTN spoke to the virologist to see how her work is contributing to the fight against the pandemic.

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In This Story: Covid-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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