Health or Planetary Health for the prevention of pandemics? – Authors’ response
- Rabinowitz PM
- Pappaioanou M
- Bardosh KL
- Conti L
Thus, the view that One Health focuses only on human-animal interaction, primarily addresses the risk of zoonotic events, and that these events occur due to urbanization, land use and of the increase in human population density, thus suggesting that One Health is sufficient to cope with the risks of a pandemic, is imperfect. Nonetheless, there is ample evidence that pathogens of zoonotic origin account for more than half of all emerging or re-emerging human infectious diseases,
- Jones KE
- Patel NG
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often with pandemic potential. We also know that the most significant pandemic of modern times (which we still live with), COVID-19, can be attributed to persistent and intense human-animal contact. Much of this interaction has been generated under conditions that dramatically increase not only the risk of inter-species transmission, but also the impact on humans, i.e. the wildlife trade.
- Palmer S
- Brown D
- Morgane D
Human activity that increases the risk and rate of disease spread (e.g. urbanization and human population density or trade and travel) has increased dramatically since the heyday of the production of mass. It is the added effect of the human element of zoonotic potential to pandemic potential that motivates us to advocate for solutions through a One Health approach.
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- Ranganathan J
in the design, coordination and synthesis of research to promote a healthy and sustainable planet.
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Indeed, the limits of One Health and planetary health approaches are irrelevant when the results of pandemic management and prevention are put into perspective.
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