Experts who have been studying the link between wildlife and the Covid-19 pandemic have identified human greed as the culprit.
Zoonotic diseases, those that spread from animals to humans, occur in part due to human-wildlife interactions and the consumption of wild meat. The more frequent those interactons, the more likely we are to see an increase in the spread of diseases like Covid-19, say researchers. To stop the risk of future pandemics, the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources has stepped-up efforts to curb wildlife trafficking, the fourth most lucrative illegal business in the world after drugs, human trafficking and arms smuggling.
As Covid-19 continues to rampage across the globe, here’s what the public should know and tips on what it can do in response.
- Webinar: How scientists detect and prevent the spread of viruses with pandemic potential (EJN), April 22, 2020
- Q&A on Coronaviruses (COVID-19) (World Health Organization), April 18, 2020
- Webinar: Zoonotic diseases and the spread of epidemics (EJN), April 2, 2020