COVID-19 Might Mean Humanity Has Entered An Age Of Pandemics

from BuzzFeed News

Humanity has “entered a pandemic era,” with the worldwide coronavirus outbreak likely the first of accelerating epidemics to come, top US infectious disease scientist Anthony Fauci and other public health experts are warning.

In an August report in the journal Cell, Fauci and epidemiologist David Morens, his National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) colleague, foresee an accelerating rate of pandemics in the years ahead driven largely by deforestation, urban crowding, and wet markets for wild game, which will make increasing environmental degradation worldwide in this century, “the key determinant of disease emergence.”

“I don’t have a crystal ball, but what we are seeing looks very much like an acceleration of pandemics,“ Morens told BuzzFeed News.

These diseases increasingly either reemerge from older menaces, such as West Nile virus or antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or jump from wild animals to people, most notably with the deadly coronaviruses, SARS, MERS, and now SARS-CoV-2. The long-standing patchwork approach of responding to each new outbreak with emergency declarations followed by spurts of funding has to transform into a broader change in how people live to forestall the illness, deaths, and havoc of these plagues, Morens and Fauci argue.

“Evidence suggests that SARS, MERS, and COVID-19 are only the latest examples of a deadly barrage of coming coronavirus and other emergences,” they conclude in their report.

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One Comment

  1. Just by looking at this title I was alarmed since it seems like Covid is finally starting to near an end. The idea of a “pandemic era” means that we would only be in the start of it which makes it even scarier.
    Buzzfeed is not a source that I consider reliable as they have been known to be full of click baits and some false news. But, the fact that there has been the recent and very long pandemic, it doesn’t surprise me that this could happen again and believe Buzzfeed is actually onto a possible future for our world. Will our normal always be having to have masks at hand and constantly worrying about our health when we get sick even if it’s just the common cold?
    Even though Covid is winding down, I feel like nothing will ever be the same to how life was like before the pandemic hit. Since the world is aware of how it was able to spread so quickly and how it started, it should be the main priority to work against the possibility of another pandemic. Mistakes made in the past that allowed the spread to happen should be learned from and never made again. It’s not just by the power of the people, governments all over need to be aware and always immediately take action. I know I’m not the only person who wishes life can go back to how it was even though the chance is very slim at this point.

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