Earth's deadliest enemy: Zoonotic diseases that jump from animals to humans

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Earth's deadliest enemy: Zoonotic diseases that jump from animals to humans

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Interesting article below by John Vidal, is Covid-19 a wake up call for humanity?
(John Vidal was the Guardian's environment editor and is writing a book on the links between nature and disease).

"Of course, the Aids virus, HIV, and the Covid-19 virus are very different, not least in terms of transmission and their impact on the body. And yet there is a fundamental link between the two that has potentially catastrophic implications for the future health and survival of our ever-expanding global population — even after this present crisis is over.
That’s because both HIV and the Covid virus, along with a host of other deadly microbes, originated in animals and jumped the species barrier into humans. They are known as ‘zoonotic’ diseases.
They did so because, for a host of reasons, mankind has changed its relationship with both wild and farmed animals, destroying their habitats and crowding them together — and the process, as we shall see, is only accelerating.
This trend presents us with two vital questions: when will we really wake up to the greatest new threat of our age?
And when will we understand that — like the war on terror, the threat of nuclear war, or the climate change crisis — our battle to defeat it must become one of the globe’s top priorities?"
Full Article - Earth's deadliest enemy: Zoonotic diseases that jump from animals to humans :-
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/arti ... r-war.html
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