Zoonotic viruses like coronavirus can be carried by humans and animals alike, even if they do not have adverse health effects on animals.
Professor Bragg said: “There are many other examples of serious human pandemics which was spread from animals to humans.
“Another good example is the Ebola virus, which has also been traced to people eating bats in Africa.”
“Yet another example is HIV, which is believed to have spread to man as a result of the consumption of chimpanzee meat.”
The most serious example, however, is the Spanish Flu of 1918, which started in pigs before spreading to humans.