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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:06 pm    Post subject: The next pandemic Reply with quote

Worldometers today reports over 82 million Covid infections world wide, 22 million still infected, and over 1.7 million deaths. As long as the virus is raging outside the US, and we rely on the world economy for things like vaccines, there is no wall that will keep us safe. Yet the next one may be worse.

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Miriam Berger
Dec. 29, 2020 at 7:49 a.m. PST
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The coronavirus pandemic might not be the “big one” that experts have long feared, World Health Organization emergencies chief Mike Ryan warned at the global health agency’s last virtual media briefing of the year.

Since the first reports of the coronavirus began circulating nearly a year ago, the WHO has repeatedly warned that the world must prepare for even deadlier pandemics in the future.

“This pandemic has been very severe,” he said Monday. “It has affected every corner of this planet. But this is not necessarily the big one.”

The coronavirus, he should, should serve as a “wake-up call.”

“These threats will continue,” he said. “One thing we need to take from this pandemic, with all of the tragedy and loss, is we need to get our act together. We need to honor those we’ve lost by getting better at what we do every day.”
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