Lab Monkeys Infected With Coronavirus in Desperate Bid to Find Cure | 22 Words

We are in the midst of a medical crisis. The deadly coronavirus that originated in China has infected hundreds of people and is now spreading across the globe at an alarming rate.

Amongst the global panic, people have been trying to figure out exactly where the virus has come from and how to treat it effectively. But it seems to be getting more and more destructive as time goes by.

Lab monkeys have now been deliberately infected with the virus in a desperate bid to find a cure, so keep scrolling to find out more...

Wuhan, China is currently in the middle of a medical crisis.

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The Chinese city, with a population of over eleven million citizens, is currently on lockdown as authorities investigate the spreading of a deadly disease.

It is known as the coronavirus outbreak...

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Reuters gave a short guide to what it is exactly... "Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that get their name from what they look like under a microscope - they are spherical and their surfaces are covered with "crown"-like spikes."

The symptoms can be deadly.

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"Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death."

A lot of people have now died from the virus...

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It has been confirmed by Worldometer that 2,262 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 79,000 have been found to carry the virus and be infected.

It is notoriously difficult to cure...

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And this is because of the speed in which the virus can mutate. The technicalities read... "The virus blends with its host's DNA, which means it can mutate rapidly."

Things are only getting worse...

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The virus continues to rapidly spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and confirmed in 8 other countries including here in America, the U.K, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

The United Nations may be on the brink of declaring a global outbreak...

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The United Nation's health agency was forced to delay a decision on whether to declare the outbreak an international public health emergency as they continue to discuss the appropriate solution to the crisis.

And now, everyone is asking the same thing...

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What is it that's causing this deadly virus?

There are many theories...

But it is widely believed that the sale of meat from wild animals is the prime cause of the coronavirus.

Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...

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Strains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.

Chinese influencers have been heavily criticized for the consumption of bats...

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And many have been eating the bats whole without properly preparing or cooking them.

But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...

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And Chinese officials have warned that the strains can be spread by coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva.

Scientists have been working tirelessly in a bid to find a vaccine...

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But despite generous donations made to the cause, they have so far had no luck.

People all around the world are panicking.

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Not only are they worried about their own wellbeings, but they are also worried about the wellbeing of their pets.

In China, a terrible rumor was spread that the coronavirus was being passed around from cats and dogs...

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And tragically, some people believed this rumor and went to some extreme lengths to protect themselves.

5 cats in Shanghai and 1 dog in Tianjin City were thrown from the roofs of buildings...

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Sadly, none of the pets survived these heartless acts, and this truly goes to show the brutality that people will go to in order to protect themselves from the virus.

And what's even more heartbreaking...

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It has been confirmed that the coronavirus cannot be passed on or spread through animals such as dogs and cats. The China Global Television Network said, "There is no evidence showing that pets such as cats and dogs can contract the novel coronavirus."

People have gone to extreme lengths to protect themselves.

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Experts have confirmed the uselessness of face masks in situations such as these... Speaking to the BBC, Jonathan Ball, professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham, said, "In one well-controlled study in a hospital setting, the face mask was as good at preventing influenza infection as a purpose-made respirator."

The masks are effectively useless...

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"However, when you move to studies looking at their effectiveness in the general population, the data is less compelling - it's quite a challenge to keep a mask on for prolonged periods of time," he went on to explain.

And last week, the head of Wuhan Hospital, the city known for being at the center of the crisis, has tragically died.

He is the first hospital director to die from contracting the deadly virus.

His death was confirmed by People's Daily, the official newspaper of China's Communist Party.

This is utterly devastating news.

But this tragedy only goes to outline the severity of this crisis...

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And despite a lot of money being donated towards research for a cure, scientists and researchers have found nothing as of yet.

It's safe to say that researchers are now getting desperate...

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And there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.

Scientists at the US National Institutes of Health have gone to extreme lengths...

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They have infected eighteen lab monkeys with coronavirus in a desperate bid to develop a cure.

They were deliberately infected with a strain of the virus...

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The rhesus macaques monkeys were exposed to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) - a strain which can cause a cough, shortness of breath, a fever and, in some cases, organ failure, according to the World Health Organisation.

But the scientists found an effective treatment for the monkeys...

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An experimental vaccine they have developed, called remdesivir, proved effective in treating the infected monkeys.

The monkeys were put under observation for 6 days...

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And it was found that those who were treated with remdesivir prior to infection showed no symptoms.

But sadly...

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All of the monkeys were euthanized and necropsied 6 days after being inoculated.

But through the deaths of these monkeys came results...

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The study concluded, "Our results, together with replication inhibition by remdesivir of a wide range of coronaviruses in vitro and in vivo, may further indicate the utility of remdesivir against the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV emerging from Wuhan, China."

Of course...

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We completely disagree with animal testing, and it is a truly devastating tragedy that these innocent monkeys lost their short lives in the name of science.

But we are getting desperate now...

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And it seems that scientists will now do anything in order to discover a cure for this deadly outbreak.