This issue of Population Connection magazine explores the origins of the Covid-19 outbreak, which, at press time, was already responsible for killing over 200,000 people worldwide. Basically, it comes down to the fact that we’ve treated animals terribly for all time, and every now and then it bites us. This time it has drawn blood, so to speak.
"In the end, there is no real mystery about the animal source of pandemics. It’s not some spiky scaled pangolin or furry flying bat. It’s populations of warm-blooded primates: The true animal source is us." Sonia Shah, Science Journalist and Author of Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond
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Photo, right: Asian palm civet (Trubavin, Dreamstime.com)