Preventing future pandemics

A new report, authored by a number of leading experts from around the globe, suggests that the risk of pandemics will increase in the future, with even more severe consequences to global health and the economy than the ones caused by COVID-19. Our current approach to deal with pandemics is purely reactive and needs to evolve to a preventive strategy. One major factor in the occurrence of viruses, infectious to humans, is the contact between wildlife, livestock, and people. With the growing loss in biodiversity and habitats for our wildlife, the probability of viruses spreading to humans increases. A more sustainable approach to agriculture and other biodiversity-harming human activities, as well as increasing the amount of protected areas can significantly reduce the risk for pandemics, while simultaneously reducing climate change.

The full report can be accessed here.

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