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“A virus that can infect large numbers of animal species cannot be eliminated. “It is not possible, therefore, to eliminate the coronavirus and humanity must prepare for a long-term coexistence with it,” Lothar Wieler, president of the Robert Koch Institute, told the 127th conference of the German Society of Internal Medicine in Stuttgart.
“In general, animal husbandry and the animal trade need to be brought under control in order to prevent the spread of disease. Illegal animal trafficking, in particular, is a particular problem,” said Wieler, a veterinarian.
He also warned of the consequences of climate change:
“Diseases such as heat stress, psychosocial health problems and skin cancer are already on the rise, but insect-borne diseases such as mosquitoes and ticks will also become more common as a result of habitat changes and less biodiversity.
I also expect problems if climate change makes it more difficult to supply drinking water. Furthermore, the reduced water quality in the swimming pools leads to gastrointestinal problems“, he added.