When Confronting a Pandemic, We Must Save Nature to Save Ourselves   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has brutally and tragically exposed the extent to which the health and well-being of every family in America depends on the health and well-being of nature--both here at home and around the world. Nature is connected to human health, from the inherent mechanisms through which ecosystems regulate the emergence of new pathogens to the health benefits of spending time outdoors. But in our destruction of earth's natural resources, we are losing these free services and reducing our resilience to new diseases. The current focus should remain on the immediate medical and socioeconomic needs in the United States. However, the COVID-19 outbreak has laid bare the need for a more proactive and integrated approach to fight infectious disease epidemics, which are becoming more common in many regions around the world. Specifically, alongside investments in epidemiological research and healthcare, we need to address the problem at its root: the destruction of nature."

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