My latest article:
"The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic reveals fundamental insights into the structure of our planetary community; we have created a disease-friendly world.
As of Tuesday morning, May 12, the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has infected over four million people in at least 187 countries. More than 285 thousand people have died. And while many countries and U.S. states have begun to reopen public life, it is decidedly clear that COVID-19 will not fade away in the immediate future. The coronavirus is still moving swiftly and silently to new people and communities, threatening to overwhelm medical facilities across the globe.
In response to the infection’s continued spread, we humans are forced to confront several new realities for our interconnected planet. One of those realities is a phenomenon called zoonosis..."
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For this piece, I had a lot of fun digging into the many many great stories on the topic. Here are some of the best resources that I gathered:
For clear, concise, and entertaining science writing that is reputable and well-researched, I have been reading Ed Yong's stories in The Atlantic. These include Why the Coronavirus Has Been So Successful, How the Pandemic Will End, Our Pandemic Summer, and Why The Coronavirus Is So Confusing.
For more information on zoonosis, our best resource is David Quammen and his book "Spillover". He was recently featured in the Emergence Magazine Podcast and also has recently written a piece in the New Yorker and a piece in the New York Times.
Another great resource on the connections between human health and ecosystem health is the EcoHealth Alliance. Unfortunately, the government recently cut the EcoHealth Alliance's funding for bat virus monitoring in China. These are the kinds of programs we need to prevent future pandemics!
For content focusing on racism and zoonosis, I recommend Looking Beyond Pangolins and Chinese ‘Wet Markets’ to a Culture of Racial Bias, Why We Shouldn’t Push for a Closure of China’s ‘Wet Markets’, and I Am Not Your Peril.
The UN Environment Programme also put together a short video about zoonotic diseases.
More resources to come! If you find any great stories or videos for me to include, send them my way — frankiegerraty [at] gmail [dot] com
Hi! For several years, I have been gathering stories about science and society, nature and people, oceans, diseases, cities, forests, and more. This is a place where I can share some of those stories with the world. I hope that, while you explore these pages, you find something wonderful or interesting that catches your eye. Thanks for checking it out!