Why the Way We Live Now Will Mean More Pandemics

Why the Way We Live Now Will Mean More Pandemics

The coronavirus crisis clearly caught most governments unprepared, yet disease specialists have been warning for decades that such a devastating outbreak was bound to happen. From bubonic plague and smallpox to Spanish flu and HIV, history is rife with pandemics that have shaped the human story. While medical advances help combat such scourges, other aspects of modern life — including deforestation, urbanization and intensive agriculture — contribute to the emergence of new contagions at an alarming rate.