Thursday, January 27, 2022

TV Host Forced to Apologize for Encouraging Viewers to Eat Bat Soup After Coronavirus Linked to Wild Animals

bat soup linked to coronavirus

*The deadly coronavirus outbreak in China may have originated in bats or snakes, according to one study, published Tuesday in the journal Science China Life Sciences. 

As reported by SandraRose, bat soup is a delicacy in some areas of China. The city of Wuhan is where the first case of the coronavirus was identified earlier this month, and bats are among the wild animals sold at fish markets in the capital of Hubei province — the most populous city in Central China,

Consuming cooked bats was reportedly popularized recently by a TV host, who has been forced by the Chinese government to apologize after she cooked and ate a bat on her TV show called “Beauty Eats Bats.”

In the clip, the host reportedly apologizes to her viewers and urges them to wash their hands often – the recommended way to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Meanwhile, researchers sponsored by Beijing’s Chinese Academy of Sciences found the coronavirus that emerged from Wuhan is closely related to a strain that exists in bats.

“Bats being the native host of the Wuhan CoV (coronavirus) would be the logical and convenient reasoning, though it remains likely there was intermediate host(s) in the transmission cascade from bats to humans,” the researchers from several institutions in China wrote in the paper, per IBITimes.com

That study did not specifically name which animal could have been an “intermediate host,” but a second study published in the Journal of Medical Virology believes snakes are the “most probable wildlife animal reservoir.”

bat soup linked to coronavirus

The Chinese government has closed 14 cities and canceled air travel and public transportation. According to Reuters, the country’s state planning agency will invest 300 million yuan ($43.5 million) for the construction of hospitals in Wuhan that will serve affected patients (said to be in the thousands). One of the hospitals will open on Feb. 3.  

Up to 90,000 people are estimated to be infected with the virus in China, and over 50 have reportedly died, including one doctor. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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