- Some rats in the United States are reportedly turning to cannibalism due to food shortage caused by the coronavirus lockdowns.
- This, according to experts, is bad news for us because it means that these rats may turn to become “smarter, more aggressive, and more resilient” in the near future.
With many establishments closing their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, it looks like we have a new problem: starving rats may soon resort to cannibalism.
Left with limited or no options for food, rats in America are turning against each other to satisfy their hunger as they face lack of food in garbage bins outside restaurants, hotels, and other places.
According to experts, this could lead to rats becoming more aggressive in the years to come.
As Fordham University biological-sciences research scholar Michael H. Parsons explained, rats are looking for ways to survive the food shortage and that’s no good news for us, humans.
In an interview with Insider, Parsons shared:
“You have a smarter and even more resilient group of the population that have not been previously connected to humans, or at least not observed by humans directly.”
Meanwhile, urban rodentologist Bobby Corrigan said that rats will be forced to do what they can to adjust to their new normal and still be able to feed themselves – even if that means cannibalism.
“They’re mammals just like you and I,” pointed out Corrigan, “and so when you’re really, really hungry, you’re not going to act the same – you’re going to act very bad.”
And with them killing each other, it may initially seem like a good thing since that will reduce their population. Still, experts believe that this wouldn’t be ideal in the long run since they’ll become “the smartest and most resilient” kinds of rats we’ve ever seen.
Vancouver Protesters Defy Social Distancing, Claim COVID-19 is “Fake News”
Spotted among the group are some old people and a child.
- Protesters in Vancouver, Canada gathered outside the city hall, defying orders to observe physical distancing.
- The group carried signs that claim COVID-19 is "fake news".
- Authorities called the protesters as "self promoters" and downplayed their message.
First Cases Of COVID-19 Contracted From Infected Corpses Reported in Thailand
Thai health experts are urging morgue and funeral home workers to use protective gears when handling corpses of those who succumbed to COVID-19.
- A recent report showed that a dead body who succumbed to coronavirus still has possibilities of transferring the virus to another person.
- Thai health experts warned workers working in morgues or funeral home to use protective gears when handling infected dead bodies in order to prevent exposure.
- The World Health Organization denied that there are risks posed by dead bodies. However, they confirmed that workers handling corpses may contract tuberculosis, bloodborne viruses and gastrointestinal infections.
Walking, Running, And Biking May Put You At Risk Of COVID-19
“When someone during a run breathes, sneezes or coughs, those particles stay behind in the air” and can be inhaled by another person, the study said.
- People engaging in activities like walking, biking, and jogging, during the pandemic may likely contract the dreaded virus, especially if they do not observe social distancing.
- According to a study, a 4 to 5 meter distance from others should be observed when walking. Meanwhile, slow runners and bikers should maintain a distance of about 10 meters while at least 20 meters is recommended for fast biking.
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