The covid-19 pandemic makes plain the consequences of abusing nature

We may never know how the SARS-CoV-2 virus jumped from another animal to humans, but we know that our mistreatment of nature made it possible – it is time to clean up our act

Health | Leader 3 March 2021

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WE MAY never know for certain how the SARS-CoV-2 virus jumped from another animal to a human before upending our world. Getting a convincing answer will take some time, judging by the first results from a World Health Organization investigation into the origins of the new coronavirus. The WHO team served up more questions than answers at a press conference last month, ruling out a lab origin, but calling for more research into the possibility that it was carried via frozen food.

Most virologists regard that as unlikely. The most plausible route seems to …

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