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Biologist warns urgently: Coronavirus is just the beginning - it can get much worse


Corona and almost nothing else - that's how many people currently see everyday life. That sucks your nerves. However, times may be much worse.

Corona and almost nothing else - that's how many people currently see everyday life.

That sucks your nerves.

However, times may be much worse.

  • Human-caused environmental damage can sometimes be irreparable.

  • As a result, animals also have to develop new habitats.

  • This has consequences for people - and they are extremely dangerous.

Munich - For months there has hardly been another topic worldwide than the

corona pandemic



Because the

Corona numbers

* are

currently reaching highs in many countries, there is hardly any end in sight.



over the incessant Deal with the



grows in many people.

Professor Josef Settele is a


at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Halle.

He believes that things can get much worse in the future.


next pandemic

will come.

And if we are unlucky, it will be

even more serious and deadly than the COVID-19 wave *

, ”he writes at


So are we complaining at a high level right now?

Coronavirus: biologist sees fatal environmental interaction - further pandemics possible

If you believe Settele, this is the case.



fears that



expected too much




The result is a "triple crisis".

"It is a fatal interplay between

climate change


extinction of species



, i.e.

infectious diseases

that are




to human (and vice versa) and can trigger pandemics," Settele explains his thesis.

These zoonoses are the origin of "often fatal diseases".

This includes


as well as malaria, AIDS or Ebola.

The Corona lockdown is currently slowing down many people's everyday lives.

Nature benefits greatly from this, as researchers recently found out.

Video: Habitat destruction increases risk of animal pathogens

Coronavirus: devastating interaction fuels viral diseases

According to the findings of the biologist Settele, climate change, extinction of species and zoonoses have a

devastating interaction

with one another




to animals and the environment

caused by humans does the


“The more people penetrate and cannibalize nature that has been untouched by then, the more

viral diseases

will spread to them,” says Settele.

If animals lose their


, they relocate.

They often flee to

smaller territories


And live there more densely than before.

This increases the risk of the transmission of pathogens.

This means that humans must also expect an infection.

The adaptability of viruses increases the risk of infection from animals to humans.

Coronavirus: biologist warns - rise in temperature brings diseases

One reason for this is

warmer temperatures


"Climate change enables

mosquitoes, hornets and tick species

to settle in regions where they would not have survived the winter so far," says Settele.

"This is also how

diseases are brought


#Climate change is not.

Therefore, even in the middle of November, after being cut off and winterized, the clematis partially fails again and is in full bloom.

But no, it is definitely not too warm.


- Fᵣₐᵤ Gᵣᵤₘₘₑₗdₐcₖₑₗ (@Grummeldackel) November 21, 2020



strongly urges the

world's population

, their

interaction with nature

to reconsider.

Otherwise, people face further pandemics.

“We can't go on as before,” says Settele.

"We humans

dig a pit

into which we threaten to

fall ourselves



Source: merkur

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