And according to Sarah L Caddy, a clinical research fellow in Viral Immunology at the University of Cambridge, there are no previous reports of these viruses infecting humans.

It also appears as though the pneumonia might have been caused by other viruses carried by the treated patients.

In an article for The Conversation, the expert wrote: “Was canine coronavirus responsible for the pneumonia in the patients? At the moment, we simply can’t tell.

“Seven out of eight patients were simultaneously infected with another virus, either adenovirus, influenza or parainfluenza virus.

“We know that all of these viruses can cause pneumonia by themselves, so it is more likely that these were responsible for the disease.



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