How Do We Halt the Next Pandemic? Be Kind to Critters Like Bats, Says a New Paper

March 26, 2024

A forest

(NPR) – Now, in a new perspective paper in Nature Communications, Plowright and a team of 24 ecologists, infectious disease scientists and policy experts have distilled their collective observations into three recommendations to prevent spillovers and halt epidemics and pandemics before they even start.

José Chies, an immuno-geneticist at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil who wasn’t involved in the research, says the paper demonstrates the importance of proposing solutions based on the whole ecosystem at once. It’s something public health researchers call the One Health approach. (Read More)