Scientists Stunned by COVID Findings in Deer Population That Could Extend the Pandemic

Scientists studying coronavirus infections in deer said they were stunned at their findings and cautioned that deer may complicate and extend the pandemic.

Veterinarians at Pennsylvania State University found active SARS-CoV-2 infections in at least 30% of the deer tested from Iowa in 2020. The findings were published online in a study last week.

“It was actually quite stunning to us,” said Penn State veterinary microbiologist Vivek Kapur. “We were very surprised to see such a high number of positive samples.”

The findings suggest that deer could be “reservoirs” for the virus that would periodically reintroduce it to the human population. (Read more from “Scientists Stunned by COVID Findings in Deer Population That Could Extend the Pandemic” HERE)

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