COVID-19 and One Health - One Health Commission

COVID-19 and One Health

Be sure to click previous years 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.

If you know of additional articles that should be listed here, please send them to ohc@onehealthcommission.org.  Check back frequently.

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May 2022

May 18
May 18
Why preparation for the next pandemic needs One Health approach implementation in letter and spirit

Author: Dr Sindura Ganapathi    In:  FirstPost.com

May 12
May 12
Want to prevent pandemics? Stop spillovers

Authors: Vora NM, Hanna L, Lieberman S , Vale MM, Plowright RK, Bernstein AS     In: Nature

Decision-makers discussing landmark agreements on health and biodiversity must include four actions to reduce the risk of animals and people exchanging viruses.

May 1
May 1
Global Warming Puts Us on the Verge of Virus Spillover

Author: Alba MacGillivray     In: IMPAKTER

New research finds that climate change accelerates the spread of viruses among species causing increasingly frequent disease outbreaks

 

April 2022

Apr 21
April 21
Wilson Smart Take: How Mitigating Climate Change Will Help Us Avoid the Next Pandemic

Video recording for Earth Day 2022  Speaker, Alex Long    On:  Wilson Center Smart Takes

Apr 13
April 13
Links between climate change and animal diseases that spread to humans.

Authors: R. Rupasinghe, B.M. López, T. Wibawa      In: COSMOS

The World Health Organization recently launched a roadmap to address the urgent issue of the threat of animal-to-human diseases known as zoonosis, particularly neglected tropical diseases, as humans increasingly encroach on environments previously only inhabited by animals.

 

March 2022

Mar 20
March 20
After battling Covid-19: How future virus research in humans as well as in anima .. Read more at: https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/after-battling-covid-19-how-future-virus-re

Editorial in Economic Times Healthworld

Top virologists in India inform virus research in India needs to improve. A concept called One Health has gained momentum after the outbreak of the pandemic, even as scientists across the globe are struggling to pre-empt incidents of infectious agents jumping species.

Mar 4
March 4
The Next Virus “Hotspot”, the Arctic: Why a One Health Response is Needed

Author: Richard Seifman   In:  IMPAKTER

“We need collective recognition of these public health dangers, and all Arctic Circle states should address them with greater urgency and specific mitigation and adaptation plans. And to be effective, they require a coordinated and collaborative multidisciplinary preventative approach that involves the widest range of epidemiologists, virologists, human and animal health specialists, social scientists, and other specialists. ……In sum, a One Health approach must be part of the solution. Once adopted, it will move us from good intentions to concrete action.”

 

February 2022

Feb 18
February 18
Invest in primary healthcare and public health for the pandemic and beyond

Authors: Lopes H, McCallum A,Martin-Moreno JM, Middleton J  In:  the bmj

"Governments and health administrations need to invest more in primary healthcare. This has become increasingly apparent as the covid-19 pandemic has progressed and changed with the current omicron wave, but it is also an investment for a post-pandemic future.................... [W]e must build approaches that are more sustainable, less wasteful, and which give due attention to the protection of local and global ecosystems and the environment, in accordance with the “One Health” philosophy."

Feb 17
February 17
Deer, mink and hyenas have caught COVID-19 – animal virologists explain how to find the coronavirus in animals and why humans need to worry

Authors: Vandewoude Sue, Bosco-Lauth Angela, Mayo Christie   In: The Conversation

How are so many animals catching the coronavirus? And what does this mean for human and animal health?....The list of infected animals so far includes more than a dozen species. But in reality, infections may be much more widespread, as very few species and individual animals have been tested. This has real implications for human health. Animals can not only spread pathogens like the coronavirus, but also can be a source of new mutations.

Feb 17
February 17
Looking Beyond COVID: New Vaccines Needed to Prevent Other Outbreaks

Author: Richard Seifman     In: IMPAKTER

Prevention is major lesson from current pandemic and the Nipah virus vaccine now under development shows the way forward.

"While the world and much of the medical and scientific community focus on dealing with COVID using effective vaccines and medications, other virus killers lurk in hiding which can become epidemics or pandemics, many emerging from the interface of the human/animal/ecosystem, One Health."

Feb 13
February 13
How to Save our Common Future: The Global One Health One Welfare Approach

Author: Ulrich Laaser   In:  Impakter

Global One Health and Welfare is the only way to save our future: Public and non-public voices must speak out and make the interface between the environment, human, animal, and plant health a priority.

Feb 7
February 7
Considerations on the sidelines of the second principle of the Rome Declaration: The challenge of the One Health concept on the health of the future

The COVID-19 pandemic represented a global earthquake that made the review of health policies aimed at strengthening common governance necessary. The paper analyses the reasons for which the One Health approach has become fundamental in the control of pandemic phenomena, by arguing the necessity to place it at the basis not only of health policies but also of intersectoral policies. The documents of the world organizations published before and after the pandemic were analyzed and studied in order to unpack the close relationship between new lifestyles and the increase of health risks. It emerged that the One Health approach is a paradigm that has been advanced for more than 30 years, but due to the inadequacy of local and world health policies, this approach was never translated into concrete actions to protect health, feeding problems at the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic. Having ascertained that the adoption of a One Health approach can no longer be postponed, this must be insisted on several interconnected sectors that establish the new concept of healthcare which, in addition to being interdisciplinary, necessarily takes on a global perspective.

Feb 4
February 4
Failure to prevent pandemics at source is ‘greatest folly’, say scientists

Author: Damien Carrington   In: The Guardian

 

Feb 4
February 4
The costs and benefits of primary prevention of zoonotic pandemics

Bernstein et. al., Science Advances4 Feb 2022Vol 8, Issue 5 • DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abl4183

"The need for more veterinarians - 

Veterinarians have had a principal role as sentinels for disease emergence. They have been the principal proponents of the One Health concept that integrates human and animal welfare broadly and infectious diseases in particular (42). A country with few veteri-narians, many reservoir species, and many people who consume or trade wildlife will be at greater risk for zoonoses. Figure 4 shows the ratio of veterinarians to nonveterinarians against the geographical size of a nation."

Feb 1
February 1
Why the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in Canadian wildlife matters

Authors: Samira Mubareka, Claire Jardine  Joe Copper Jack     In: The Globe and Mail

" One Health recognizes that human health is connected to the health of other animals and the environment and stresses the need for a collaborative approach. This requires that multiple disciplines and stakeholders work together to investigate challenges like SARS-CoV-2- from the molecular level to the level of populations. "

 

January 2022

Jan 31
January 31
The One Health Framework

Author: Olivia Box

A policy framework proposal seeks to elevate the needs and rights of all living organisms in the environment. Piece on Journal Article: "One Health, COVID-19, and a Right to Health for Human and Nonhuman Animals".

Jan 31
January 31
How to beat viruses and other biothreats

Author: Major General Partap Narwal (Retd)

Last September, health ministers from G20 nations, including India, met in Rome to discuss pandemic threats from nature. Biological Weapons Convention experts, meanwhile, gathered in Geneva, deliberating on rising threats from terrorists misusing microbes.

 
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