The Next Pandemic
By their watchfulness “The Virus Hunters” are performing a valuable service. But this “small, influential cadre of researchers who believe that such epidemics can be prevented” ultimately will fail. Just as with wildfires and floods, preventing small conflagrations may buy some time, but an outbreak that escapes control eventually will occur. Long-term solutions can only be found at the interface between the natural and the developing world, in controlling such activities as the consumption of wild animals, the occupation of forests, construction on flood plains, or release of sequestered carbon into the atmosphere.