The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the discussion of how people interact with their environment.
Looking for the source of the coronavirus, a disease spread between animal and human contact, epidemiologists viewed wet markets in Wuhan, China as a likely epicenter. In this situation, human clients often come in contact with wild animals, both living and dead, which could bring countless diseases new to humans.
While the general public was appalled by the rampant spread of COVID-19 and its unusual source, scientists have long known that countless new viruses exist in global ecosystems. Previous examples have been seen with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and the original SARS virus.
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The question becomes: Will another pandemic happen?
Now, a new activist group has been formed to prevent the next pandemic by reviewing how humans interact with nature.
The coalition, called Preventing Pandemics At The Source, consists of prestigious entities such as the Harvard Global Health Institute and TH Chan School of Public Health, the Rainforest Alliance, the World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy. According to a letter issued to leaders in Congress, including Nancy Pelosi (D-Caliph) and parliamentary speaker of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), The group’s mission is to reduce zoonotic spillage with federal investment.
“As Congress and the Biden Administration draft the emergency package COVID-19, we ask that you ensure that a significant level of new funding is aimed at supporting programs and activities that prevent pandemics at the source through development aid programs focused on One Health, forest conservation., And nature trade, including to help support frontier and indigenous communities in zoonotic waste disposal sites, ”the group writes.
Another pillar in their plan is to establish a Pandemic Prevention Fund consisting of an initial investment of $ 2.5 billion.
A major public relations campaign is a separate goal aimed at creating global awareness of pandemics and how to prevent them.
Various scientific literatures work in parallel with the mission to Prevent Pandemics At The Fountain, warning against deforestation, which exposes humans to coronaviruses carried by animals such as rats and bats. Experts believe that the latter is the source of COVID-19.
Scientists believe that as humans continue to spread to natural landscapes, our encounters with animals and new pathogens they may carry will grow as well.
“We’ve been warning about this for decades,” Kate Jones, an environmental modeler at University College London, told the journal Nature. “No one paid attention.”
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