As the United States passes one million mortalities after three years of this horrid pandemic, we must learn lessons to avoid the next one. The most important beginning point is that Covid-19 is a zoonotic disease, that is, originally transmitted to humans via wild animals. Flowing from this are four discrete policy steps to reduce wildlife disease risks that we should take going forward. It’s important to recognize that Homo sapiens has inflicted new diseases onto wild animals that are proportionally worse than what bats and other animals have done to us. We need vastly greater resources aimed at stopping future disease losses on both sides of the equation. We need to set the ecological scales right. In fact, ecohealth is just what we need.


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Four policy steps to reduce zoonotic disease risks and prevent future pandemics that stem from human interaction ...

Federal Wildlife Disease Labs in Dangerous Shape

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Statement | In Praise of COVID Whistleblower Rebekah Jones

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Giving political appointees the ability to easily hire and fire civil servants in policy positions put the ...

BLOG | When Government is Run By A Gilded Few, Essential Workers Pay the Price

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Op-Ed | Should We Stop Spraying for Mosquitoes During the Pandemic?

Should we be using pesticides when spraying for mosquitoes that may compromise someone’s respiratory system during ...

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Not passing the HEROES Act will have devastating consequences to the economy, state governments and the public ...

PEERMail | Wrong Approach to Reopening

Federal agencies are under White House pressure to "reopen" by bringing federal workers back to their ...

COMMENTARY | National Forests and COVID-19. What’s Happening?

National Forests receive less attention than parks during COVID-19, but overcrowding, lack of resources, and risk ...

EPA Failing CDC Criteria for Re-Opening Offices

No Regional Office Meets “Gating Criteria” or Ensures CDC Safeguards  

EPA Halts Re-Opening New England Office

Data Shows Infections Still Exceed CDC “Gating Criteria” for Phase One

National Parks Irresponsible Refusal to Enforce Distancing

Disney World Will Embrace Public Health Measures NPS Eschews
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