Two years on, are we any closer to knowing the origin of SARS-CoV-2?

About two years into the pandemic, we’re still trying to find where and how it all started. Only last week, we heard bats in Laos may hold a clue about the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Our interest in viral origins, especially pandemic viruses, is understandable. But we need to remember one key lesson from history. It can take years to pin down their animal source.

Here’s why it’s important to keep trying and – in the case of the origin of