Could COVID-19 spread to wildlife in the Arctic?
The only creatures worthy of catching a lethal coronavirus are not human beings.
The species of wildlife , especially one in the Arctic, might, according to a team of researchers, also be subject to COVID-19.
One creature, the narwhal, is recognized for its immense nine-foot tusk, an Arctic whale.
The study said Mardin Nweeia, an associate professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland: "Scientist has a long enough period to maintain the human spread of this virus and we are looking forward to tracking an animal which is particularly susceptible to infections."
Nweeia will head a study team to learn more about how SARS-CoV-2 will spread to non-narwhal species, like the COVID-19 virus.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, Narwhals are found in the Arctic seas of Canada, Greece, Norway and Russia.
Narwhals may not have the requisite immune systems to battle viruses compared to other toothed wals.
The Arctic whale narwhal, which is known for its gigantic 9-ft tusks, may be exposed to COVID-19 virus.
"Is this coronavirus meant to become an active component of wildlife? Habitats worldwide and populations that depend on them could have possible cascading consequences," he said.
There is currently no data to show that COVID-19 is circulating in free animals in the United States or that animals can cause illness for U.S. citizens, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But other animals have contracted the disease in the U.S. both in zoos and pets.
The most famous was the Bronx Zoo infected lions and tigers in April.
The CDC also suggested that a limited number of animals in the US, including dogs and cats, were confirmed as afflicted with the virus COVID-19, primarily after intimate relationships with people suffering from the disease.
The Arctic might not be the only area that makes for COVID-19 wildlife.
The Ugandan low land gorilla – a population that Nweeia has claimed may be "wiped away" if only one gorilla catches the disease-has also been studied by Nweeia 's team in Africa.
Nweeia's study team will also explore possible routes of transmission from person to wildlife as well as defining danger COVID-19 presents to wildlife.
The virus COVID-19 can also live in waste water and researchers can explore the effect of the untreated water on wildlife.
"This study concerns avoidance, not response," Nweeia said in his comment. "We aim to keep aware of the issues and avoid them by properly knowing what might happen," he said.
Originally writing this post about US TODAY: COVID-19: Is it feasible to capture narwhal and other wild life?