“It’s a mix of biodiversity, but one that was created by people, not nature,” Keesing says. “We create a mix of species that don’t naturally occur together, and then it’s kind of like running an uncontrolled experiment. This virus jumps to that species.” Maybe that’s when a pathogen that we didn’t know about, that hadn’t previously made anyone sick (to our knowledge), suddenly becomes virulent and infects humans. “It was only when we did that to biodiversity that that virus became dangerous.” These types of markets pose one of the clearest threats to animal and human health, but they’re not the only threat. A greater risk is posed by the complex mix of habitat loss, population declines in wild species, and population increases among livestock and domesticated animals, invasive species and other more adaptable forms of wildlife.
The president finally went on TV and declared a national emergency just in time to get the markets closing. Personally, I think he is about a week …Finally A National Emergency!
You’re washing your hands 10 times a day and have stopped touching your face. What else can you do to improve your health and avoid bugs?
Canada’s official guidance on the novel coronavirus has been to test patients who recently traveled to affected areas, but some doctors and hospitals have expanded testing on their own, finding the first in a series of patients linked to Iran before the scale of the Iranian outbreak was known.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says important task for her government in the week ahead is to bring back those stranded in virus epicentre
Oil exploration in one of the greatest carbon sinks on the planet could release greenhouse gases equivalent to Japan’s annual emissions
— Read on www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/28/ridiculous-plan-to-drain-congo-peat-bog-could-release-vast-amount-of-carbon-aoe
And look for more disease as environment is disrupted 🥵
People with potential exposure are in quarantine around the world — including 83 in Nassau County, N.Y. The number of new infections outside China has outpaced those inside the country for the first time.
Qom, south of the capital Tehran, has been identified as the centre of contagion, but Iran has warned it is possible the virus is present in all cities.
— Read on www.scmp.com/week-asia/explained/article/3052143/coronavirus-how-irans-death-toll-came-be-highest-behind-only
Xi calls on government and military chiefs to work to overcome the epidemic.
— Read on www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3051988/coronavirus-chinas-fastest-spreading-public-health-crisis
Expert believes coronavirus spread has taken hold locally, with government set to quarantine incoming mainland Chinese in hotels and government centres from Saturday.