Assessing the Risks Posed by SARS-CoV-2 in and Via North American Bats--decision Framing and Rapid Risk Assessment [open pdf - 5MB]
From the Abstract: "The novel β-coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 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 causes morbidity or mortality in bats. Further, if SARS-CoV-2 became established in bat populations, it could possibly serve as a source for new infection in humans, domesticated animals, or other wild animals. [...] This study, conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, identified several critical uncertainties that could affect the estimate of risks associated with SARS-CoV-2 entering bat populations-- notably, the underlying probability that a human would be shedding virus while working with bats, the likelihood of the virus replicating in bat tissue, and the likelihood of transmission of the virus within bat populations. Ongoing empirical work during May-October 2020 may shed light on these issues."
Open-File Report 2020-1060
USGS Publications Warehouse: https://pubs.usgs.gov/