COVID-19 and One Health - One Health Commission

COVID-19 and One Health

Be sure to click on the year 2020 to fully appreciate the volume (over 270 found so far) of articles.  

While One Health has over the past 15 years established itself in the life sciences, veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences, it remains little known to the public.

Therefore, since January 2020 we have been compiling on this webpage popular media OpEds, Commentaries, Podcasts and other media (including some *scientific articles*) about the coronavirus pandemic that mention and/or call for One Health by name or theory 'because' popular media is read by the 'public'.  We believe that these carefully selected articles can help the public, especially law and policy makers, understand our urgent need to implement One Health.

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The views expressed by authors, editors, or expert groups linked to here do not necessarily represent policy of the One Health Commission.

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March 2021

Mar 5
March 5
Fighting COVID-19 with a One Health Approach

Author:  Bruce Kaplan        In: The Innovation Platform Issue 5 (

The One Health Initiative’s Dr Bruce Kaplan argues that it is now time for a One Health approach to combat both COVID-19 and any future pandemics.

Mar 3
March 3
Veterinary medicine and COVID-19: ‘A lot of lessons here’ - A one-health approach is key to preventing the next pandemic, experts say

Author: Scott Nolen   In:  Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA)

“The very real threat from these zoonotic diseases is practically shouting at us that a one-health approach is essential,”  Bruce Kaplan


Veterinarians had already been through a coronavirus pandemic prior to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak.

Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus (another coronavirus) has plagued swine operations in Europe and Asia for three decades, but in 2013, the virus arrived in the United States, infecting millions of immunologically naive pigs. By the time the PED outbreak was contained the following year, the virus had already spread to 29 U.S. states, killing an estimated 7 million pigs.   ..........  During the early months of 2020, as another novel coronavirus was burning across the planet, veterinarians weren’t consulted regarding their experiences with managing this particularly nasty family of viruses in animal populations. “No one from the human medicine side of things thought to reach out to ask, ‘How did you stop the PED epidemic? How useful were vaccines? What should we do to try to stop the spread of COVID?’” Dr. Hungerford said. “There are a lot of lessons here.”


February 2021

Feb 25
February 25
A GDP for nature: How measuring the health of the natural world might prevent the next pandemic

Author:  Laura Kahn    In: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

"We need to reassess what we value. The natural world is essential for our health and well-being, but we don’t value it properly. Instead, we exploit it until it bites us back. We must change our values if we want to prevent the next pandemic. ........ Maintaining a better grasp of ecological health around the world could help governments take necessary steps to preserve ecosystems and promote sustainable development. Preventing the next pandemic may depend on us doing so. "

Feb 21
February 21
COVID-19 is circulating in some animals. What does that mean for us?

Author: Dr. Jonathan Chan    In:  ABC News

Epstein explained that the COVID virus is so widespread and so many people are infected that there is a significant possibility that wildlife could be exposed through the environment, contaminated waste water or direct contact with humans.

Feb 15
February 15
John Oliver Talks Possibility of ‘Next’ Pandemic on ‘Last Week Tonight’

Reported by: Althea Legaspi     In:  Rolling Stone

“The truth is if we’re not very careful, the next pandemic could well be even worse”

Feb 12
February 12
Enhancing Global Cooperation to End the COVID-19 Pandemic: Statement of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission

This statement includes an overview of a Task Force (pp 20-21) assigned to  Investigate Origins, Early Spread of the Pandemic, and One Health Solutions to Future Pandemic Threats.


In order to prevent future pandemics, it is essential to understand the origins and emergence of COVID-19 and to undertake a One Health approach for preserving and enhancing ecosystem and human health. The third of three Task Force objectives is to identify One Health solutions to future pandemic threats.


January 2021

Jan 29
January 29
Recorded interview with Drs. Tom Frieden and Tracey MacNamara: COVID origination investigation is critical for preventing future pandemics

By: Stephanie Stone, Scripps National Correspondent         In: Pix11, New York

Jan 24
January 24
Wildlife Trade, Pandemics and the Law: Fighting This Year’s Virus with Last Year’s Law.

Authors: Wingard J, Belajcic S, Samal M, Rock K, Custodio ML, Heise H, Fiennes A, Machalaba C, Aguirre AA

This report takes a critical look at the national legal context of managing zoonotic diseases, sampling 38 jurisdictions and asking; what have nations already done with their laws that support the monitoring and prevention of disease emergence that comes from wildlife? In particular, it examines how ten different areas of law respond to this need. In addition to the main findings, the authors provide a summary of the legal challenges and the many opportunities for immediate action.

Jan 15
January 15
Virus Mapping, Pandemics Preparedness and One Health: We Need Them All

Author: Seifman R    In:  IMPAKTER

In sum, to successfully predict, prevent and contain pandemics, we need it all: A greater knowledge of unknown viruses that are potentially highly dangerous to humans, including virus mapping; more and sustained research into pandemics, including the development of appropriate tools and innovations to share as we are now doing with COVID-19; and recognition of the importance of the interface between humans, animals, and the environment – in other words, using a One Health approach to virus mapping and pandemics preparedness.

Jan 14
January 14
COVID-19 Vaccine Update - Recorded Presentation
Hosted by the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association. Speaker Carrie LaJeuness, DVM, CT, CFE shared easily understood information about and recommendations for the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines currently deployed in the U.S., summarizing content from many healthcare/public health calls, webinars, CDC and medical center literature.
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