Wow... I just read this whole topic just now.
You know, the topic name is kind of misleading. "If you must" isn't exactly a great way to name a topic about the Coronavirus.
Could we rename this to something more appropriate?
Also, just a bit more info:
COVID-19 is part of the same virus family as SARS and MERS.
SARS came from bats in China.
MERS came from Middle Eastern camels who got it from some sort of bats.
COVID-19 most likely came from Chinese monkeys, who got it from some sort of bat.