Why bats don't get sick – Arinjay Banerjee

Why bats don't get sick – Arinjay Banerjee

Explore the relationship between viruses and their hosts, and find out how the evolutionary adaptations of bats keep them safe from viruses.

Consider a bat that is infected with several deadly viruses, including ones that cause rabies, SARS, and Ebola. While this diagnosis would be lethal for other mammals, the winged wonder is totally unfazed, and may even spend the next 30 years living as if this were totally normal— because for bats, it is. So what’s protecting bats from these dangerous infections? Arinjay Banerjee investigates.

Lesson by Arinjay Banerjee, directed by Cabong Studios.

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Readers Comments (50)

  1. Some Asian countries aren’t bothered by bats declining population as they eat them.

  2. CeeDee Comedy and Animations February 4, 2021 @ 8:04 pm

    i wish i could transform into a bat when i get any serious illness.

  3. I love the animation! Who drew this?

  4. Love dust Gaming February 4, 2021 @ 8:09 pm

    city: burning
    white: this is fine 2:43

  5. Bats are Cute.

  6. Who disliked the video?
    a) Bats
    b) Viruses
    😅😂

  7. Ok furry artists, let’s get to work

  8. No one:

    TED-Ed: Reminds me of 2020

  9. Cool now I want to be a bat

  10. 5:27 KAWAII😍

  11. they look like the bats from MLP

  12. 0:51
    So this is the reason why I didn’t catch my computer virus

  13. Sophia G. Dierdorf February 4, 2021 @ 8:18 pm

    she’s the cutest bat ever! also, the violet virus reminded me of Gengar(Pokemon).
    bats are awesome! 💜🦇

  14. I don’t know how much people praise the animator or the bat design that looks cute or even the explanation of the topic.

    But for me, that cute bat looks like one of few flying type pokemon.

  15. this thumbnail might awaken something in me

  16. Why bats don’t get sick: they are the sickness

  17. But what if the genes that sense broken genes are broken?

  18. Interesting. God bless and have a wonderful day

  19. and maybe not eat them

  20. where did you say can i get and official Ted-ED bat plushy?

  21. Humans will stop encroaching when their own population drops significantly…

  22. 🤪🤪🖕🖕

  23. The bat has a great personality than me

  24. 平安好人一生 February 4, 2021 @ 8:33 pm

    Stop eating bats in China

  25. Isn’t 4:16 a meme

  26. Smol Shade Mikamoto San! February 4, 2021 @ 8:37 pm

    Why bats don’t get sick: they made corona

  27. Batman likes this video.

  28. Disneydreamgirl33 February 4, 2021 @ 8:42 pm

    Why are bats viewed as villains?
    You just said so in the video, they carry deadly viruses and diseases

    That’s a perfectly logical reason for humans to villainize them and other animals over history

    Moving beyond that fear is fine for various reasons, but dont pretend like it’s some big mystery

  29. I wonder who tf dislikes Ted Ed videos?

  30. Joey Beato Batil February 4, 2021 @ 8:46 pm

    I see Ted-Ed is adding meme references in their animations, THAT’S PRO-GAMER MOVE

  31. Eat Your Soul The Num nums February 4, 2021 @ 8:48 pm

    Because they jusst die

  32. Eisenhower_ is_dad February 4, 2021 @ 8:48 pm

    Woop

  33. China: Write that down quick

  34. China needs to see this

  35. So they could have had Covid years ago. No way to know

  36. When disease hits you – start beating your arms until you take flight.

  37. I can totally see why they would study a bats’ immune system. If someone got sick from the lab and let it out without knowing, then that is what happen. People eat bats and that too can be a reason it has spread. Being asymptomatic and traveling could be the main cause of the virus spreading so quickly. WE can say it started it China, but who knows

  38. I had just thought just now that we just take anything that can help us and not the creature or something, taking part of creature and make our?

  39. Bats : the perfect haven for all viruses

  40. Hruday Neerukonda February 4, 2021 @ 8:55 pm

    Thank you for letting me animate a few scenes
    Looking to do it again!

  41. YAZEN SAAD SAADOON ALMESRI February 4, 2021 @ 8:55 pm

    That’s why vampires live longer

  42. T a r a n n u m S a b a ʕっ•ᴥ•ʔっ lysm February 4, 2021 @ 8:56 pm

    Then why bats in adopt me need to go to hospital ?

  43. Tell that to patient 0 of The corona virus

  44. Bats don’t get sick cause

    They cut and paste it on humans before it even takes effect on them.

  45. Coz they are busy making other species sick😅😅

  46. 4:34 Virus: Me and the boys at 2 A.M.

  47. Bottom line: Humans should not be eating bats

  48. Now we know what actually was happening at the lab at Wuhan! Thanks for clearing.

  49. Plot twist: Viruses are aliens that created humans to explore earth because they can’t survive earth’s atmosphere.

  50. Video : “ Bats don’t get sick”
    That one guy who ate a bat and started the pandemic : *so this was a ####### lie*

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