ONLINE: Are Bats Really to Blame for the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Monica Aissa Martinez, “El murcielago, The Bat: Arizona,” 2014. Mixed media on paper, 12 x 12 in. Image courtesy of the artist.

Bats have been identified by some experts, and in the media, as the culprits behind the costliest pandemic in modern history, even though the source and method of transmission of the novel coronavirus remain unclear. Despite a long tradition of being misunderstood and feared, bats have an outstanding record of living safely with humans. Exaggerated warnings of bat disease risks aren’t just misguided. They threaten the health of entire ecosystems and economies. Join Merlin Tuttle, one of the world’s leading bat scientists and conservation experts, to discuss the vital role bats play in ecosystems and how misplaced public health concerns are endangering these important mammals.

Department: 
Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes
Contact: 
Kimberly Quach
May 27 2020 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Online
Campus: 
Online
Price: 
Free