A Plea to the People: Protect the Planet to Prevent Pandemics

Volume 52, Issue 2
June 2020

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"In the end, there is no real mystery about the animal source of pandemics. It’s not some spiky scaled pangolin or furry flying bat. It’s populations of warm-blooded primates: The true animal source is us."
–Sonia Shah, Science Journalist and Author of Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond

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Christine McCarthy, a nurse for over 20 years and a palliative nurse for the past year, sits for a portrait on an empty hospital bed at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on April 2, 2020. Here at the state’s largest hospital, staff are coping with unprecedented realities in this coronavirus pandemic and are deeply worried about what is yet to come. There is an odd juxtaposition inside this normally bustling world-renowned hospital: Expanded intensive care units are packed with COVID-19 patients, while other floors and places such as family waiting rooms are deserted, quiet. (Erin Clark for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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