Hantavirus, unlike COVID-19, is not a new type of virus and will not trigger a new outbreak or epidemic, according to an expert of genetics and molecular biology.

After a man in China’s Yunnan province tested positive for hantavirus and died in late March, prompting Chinese authorities to test 32 people who shared a bus with him, debate on it has intensified, especially on social media both in Turkey and around the world.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which emerged in China in December 2019, has infected more than 787,000 people worldwide, and claimed over 37,800 lives. Amid this outbreak,

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