News from the Natural World: COVID-22 hits hard – animals surprised that humans thought it would end with one pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, was an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020. By the height of the pandemic, more than 79.7 million cases had been confirmed, with more than 1.74 million deaths attributed to COVID-19. But the pandemics didn’t stop there.
But it didn’t stop there. COVID-20 hit first, this was then followed by COVID-21 and finally COVID-22. Each one was worse than the last. Each one was transmitted via animals host and an intermediary. They spread like wildfire through the human world. They continued to collapse economies, destroy hope and ruin millions of peoples lives. Rightfully the humans were furious, they were indignant. Why was this happening to them? What had they done to deserve such a fate? These pandemics were relentless.
COVID-22 Not Going to Be the Last Pandemic
But the animals really weren’t that surprised. They knew that it wouldn’t end with just one pandemic. They would continue year after year, getting worse and worse. The reason? The humans hadn’t changed a single thing. For you see it was the humans who were the cause of the pandemic in the first place. The continued destruction of the natural world for profit, the encroachment on the last few areas of wilderness and the illegal wildlife trade continued. On top of that widespread global travel had resumed and humans had gone back to things exactly as they were before. Why would it end with just one pandemic?
The animals all thought this was rather obvious. Why would the humans think things would be different if they didn’t stop doing the things that led to the pandemic in the first place? So far all they had seen was human leaders and politician’s blaming each other, blaming China, blaming conspiracies and pretty much blaming everything except the actual cause. The humans themselves. Oh well the animals thought, these humans were a particularly special breed of mammals. Those opposable thumbs had really gone to their heads.
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