Where did covid come from?

| 7 November 2022
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Exploitation of nature, the evidence suggests…

There has been endless speculation on the origins of covid, with some suggesting it came from a laboratory. This panel of experts say the evidence supports a zoonotic (from animals) origin with this spill-over from wildlife to people occurring via the wildlife trade.

Wildlife farming, live animal trading and expanding livestock production are all drivers of emerging infectious diseases. In recent years, wildlife trade in Southeast Asia and southern China has been transformed to an industrial scale. The authors say we must employ strategies to reduce the risk of spillover and spread. They call for a One Health approach that aims to sustainably balance the health of people, animals and ecosystems.

Keusch GT, Amuasi JH, Anderson DE et al. 2022. Pandemic origins and a One Health approach to preparedness and prevention: solutions based on SARS-CoV-2 and other RNA viruses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 119 (42) e2202871119.

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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