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China's 'bat woman' researcher warns coronavirus is just 'tip of iceberg'

May 25, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
China's "Bat woman" researcher warns that the deadly coronavirus surfacing now is "Just the tip of the iceberg" in terms of what humans may soon face without a global effort to prevent similar infectious outbreaks.

"If we want to prevent human beings from suffering from the next infectious-disease outbreak, we must go in advance to learn of these unknown viruses carried by wild animals in nature and give early warnings," Shi Zhengli, a top Chinese scientist specializing in viral transmissions from bats, told CGTN in an interview that aired Monday.

"If we don't study , there will possibly be another outbreak," warned Shi, whose was dubbed "Bat woman" by the press because of her research involving the mammals.

The Wuhan lab where Shi is deputy director has been suspected of accidentally unleashing the virus on humans.

Shi has denied that her lab was involved in the pandemic, saying the strains it has been researching are different.