Where do most viruses come from and how can we stop them infecting humans with National Geographic science writer David Quammen
In Episode 101 I was super fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down with well known National Geographic writer and author, David Quammen, to talk about zoonotic diseases and mitigating the risk of future pandemics. A fascinating area of science that gives birth to yet another reason to be mindful of our lifestyles. Given that predictions suggest there are over 1.5 million animal viruses yet to be discovered understanding what increases the likelihood that a virus passes from an animal to a human is incredibly important for human health. Within this episode we specifically cover:What zoonotic diseases areThe origin of zoonotic diseasesWhat a 'spillover' meansWhat reservoir hosts areHIV, Ebola and other Zoonotic DiseasesTransmissibility and fatality rateThe likely origin of COVID-19How human activity affects the risk of these emerging novel diseasesmuch moreFollowing this episode I get the feeling many of you will be inspired to read David's book 'Spillover' which you can find along with all of his other books on his website.If you enjoyed the episode, or have follow up questions, be sure to let David know on twitter. If you haven't already, please leave a review on the Apple Podcast App:If you are enjoying the show and can take a minute or so to leave a review on the Apple podcast app it would be much appreciated.Simon HillCreator of Plantproof.com - a free resource for plant based nutrition informationIf you want to receive FREE nutritional information to your inbox subscribe to the Plant Proof Newsletter. When my book comes out I am going to use this newsletter a lot more with loads of free information each month to help you better optimise your diet.Book coming out early 2021 published with Penguin that I cannot wait to share with you (all revenue I receive is being donated to charity).