Lessons From Nature: How Can We Prevent The Next Pandemic?

Date: 2020-04-27 14:46:28

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“When this Covid-19 pandemic is over, we cannot go back to business as usual,” said Professor Andrew Cunningham, a veterinary pathologist for the Zoological Society of London, “we have to learn from our past mistakes and change the way we interact with wildlife and change the way we interact with nature.”

Professor Cunningham said human activities such as wildlife trade wet markets, logging, mining, and ranching increase the risk of zoonotic spillover because people are encroaching into wildlife habitats. A spillover occurs when viruses from one species transmit to another, and eventually transmitted to human beings.

He urges for regulations, modifying human interaction with nature and increased funding for wildlife research in order to prevent another global pandemic like the Covid-19 outbreak.

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