Decision Science Support for SARS-CoV-2 Risk to North American Bats

Assessing the Risks Posed by SARS-CoV-2 in and via North American Bats

The novel β-coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, may pose a threat to North American bat populations if bats are exposed to the virus through interaction with humans, if the virus can subsequently infect bats and be transmitted among them, and if the virus....

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Risks posed by SARS‐CoV‐2 to NA bats during winter fieldwork

The virus that causes COVID‐19 likely evolved in a mammalian host, possibly Old‐World bats, before adapting to humans, raising the question of whether reverse zoonotic transmission to bats is possible.

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Decision-Support Tool to Estimate SARS-CoV-2 Human-to-bat Transmission

This application is designed to evaluate the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from humans to three species of North American bats during winter field work and specifically surveys of winter roosts and hibernacula for white-nose syndrome.

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Science Center Objects

The Eastern Ecological Science Center is working closely with federal, state, and tribal partners to help inform decisions that reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from humans to North American wildlife, including bats.

Acting under high levels of uncertainty is a hallmark of wildlife disease management, and the use of formal decision analysis is increasingly necessary as a rational and transparent framework for managing emerging diseases and disease risk. Following the emergence and widespread distribution of SARS-CoV-2 virus in humans, wildlife management agencies in North America are concerned that the activities they authorize could lead to transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to bats and other wildlife. The Eastern Ecological Science Center (EESC) is helping agencies understand and evaluate those risks and identify the range of options that may be effective at reducing risk. As the virus continues to evolve and spread in novel hosts and locations, EESC will continue to provide decision support to our partners and collaborators using the best available science and decision making tools.