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Cornell research explained: Protect habitat to prevent pandemics

We're taking the latest Cornell research and breaking it down, just for you!

Protect habitat to prevent pandemics

The main points: Researchers say we can better prevent pandemics by conserving natural areas for wild animals and ensuring they have enough food, safe spaces, and distance to limit contact with humans. Instead of focusing on stopping the spread of a disease among human populations, this new roadmap could stop diseases from spilling over to humans in the first place.

Why it’s important: Preserving natural environments of animals that spread disease, like bats, helps stop pandemics before they start.

Read the full story by Krishna Ramanujan in the Cornell Chronicle.