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Combating a pandemic is 500 times more expensive than preventing one, research suggests

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Source: Boston University/ScienceDaily, 28 July 2020, photo credit: Shutterstock/ImageFlow/The Jakarta Post

According to new research, the failure to protect tropical rain forests has cost trillions of dollars stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, which has wreaked economic havoc and caused historic levels of unemployment in the United States and around the world.

For decades, scientists and environmental activists have been trying to draw the world’s attention to the many harms caused by the rapid destruction of tropical forests. One of these harms is the emergence of new diseases that are transmitted between wild animals and humans, either through direct contact or through contact with livestock that is then eaten by humans.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus – which has so far infected more than 15 million people worldwide – appears to have been transmitted from bats to humans in China.
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