“I am not at all surprised about the coronavirus outbreak ….. The majority of pathogens are still to be discovered. We are at the very tip of the iceberg.”
Humans …. are creating the conditions for the spread of diseases by reducing the natural barriers between host animals – in which the virus is naturally circulating – and themselves. “We fully expect the arrival of pandemic influenza; we can expect large-scale human mortalities; we can expect other pathogens with other impacts. A disease like Ebola is not easily spread. But something with a mortality rate of Ebola spread by something like measles would be catastrophic”.
Indeed. We need to create acceptable and secure alternatives to bushmeat as the main source of nutrition for poor people living on the periphery of forests and wildlife areas. And stop the illegal trade in wild animals.