‘One Health’ approach vital to combating pandemics

A future pandemic could be worse than the ongoing crisis because we are pushing nature to its limits by destroying and degrading amazingly diverse ecosystems, like tropical forests, rivers, lakes, mountains, coral reefs and many more and ultimately removing natural buffers and expanding the interface between wildlife and people where pandemics emerge.

Nature strikes back

The outbreak of Covid-19 is an example of Nature's proactive response to the suicidal behaviour of humans. What is needed is called 'behavioural distancing'. We should change our lifestyle and our attitude towards Nature to heal our planet.

Challenges of wider health crisis

As a lot of emerging evidence points out, these guidelines are easier said than implemented. In fact, as the WHO itself pointed out about the severity of the challenge in this document, “The Covid-19 pandemic is straining health systems worldwide. The rapidly increasing demand on health facilities and health care workers threatens to leave some health systems overstretched and unable to operate effectively”.

Virulent Virus

The resurgence of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases in the 21st century (SARS, bird flu, MERS, Ebola, Zika, Nipah and COVID-19) has turned the spotlight on animals and insects and vectors of infectious diseases as epidemic villains. Rightly are they regarded as the incubators of the existential risk for humanity.