April 15, 2021

Why the next pandemic will come from wildlife

Long before the novel coronavirus, David Quammen already foresaw that a new pandemic will arise, and he also predicted that it will come from wildlife. The article attached below written by Quammen for Yale Environment 360 in 2012 explains why he thinks that zoonotic diseases can crossover to humans and explores the possible impacts of such an outbreak. 

Faced with the SARS-COV-2, millions of cases of COVID-19, thousands of death, and numerous countries on lockdown, we see the truth behind Quammen’s ideas.

Note, however that Quammen predicted a murderous pandemic that could kill millions of people in the same way that the Spanish influenza devasted the world in 1918-1919. Though the coronavirus has a much lower mortality rate compared to the Spanish Flu, one cannot help but ask: if we continue the way we have been living in the past few decades, will new pandemics much worse than COVID-19 arise in the future? 

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