Dear Friends of the Cornell Wildlife Health Center,
I wanted to share some perspectives from my colleagues and I related to the pandemic crisis we find ourselves immersed in . I have spent my career trying to think of ways to enhance our species' respect and concern for the rest of life on Earth. Perhaps a tiny, invisible virus will be what actually tips the scale towards a critical mass of global understanding of the fact that our own health is intimately tied to how we treat the natural world. I provided the essay Preventing the Next Pandemic: We Can Make This a 'Never Again' Moment to The Times of India at their invitation, which I very much appreciated, only learning later that it is the largest English language daily in the world - one that reaches audiences we don't necessarily regularly access.   

As always, I hope you find this e-newsletter useful and thought-provoking. Please let me know, and I hope you are keeping safe in this unprecedented time. 
- Steve Osofsky, DVM
Jay Hyman Professor of Wildlife Health & Health Policy

Two hands with a map of Earth painted
The Cornell Wildlife Health Center's Dr. Steve Osofsky shares his views on steps we must take to greatly decrease the chances of future pandemics.
Earth in the shape of a germ
The COVID-19 crisis serves as a wake-up call to the fact that there is much we can actually do to prevent pandemics. 
Cornell scientist in lab
Cornell University File Photo
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted lives and institutions around the world in numerous ways, and Cornell faculty members have of course been available to share their expertise.
Malay tiger
©  WCS
The Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University conducted initial COVID-19 testing of samples from a Bronx Zoo tiger. It is believed to be the first known case of an animal infected with SARS-Cov-2 in the U.S. and the first tiger worldwide.
Dr. Alex Travis in lab
© Jason Koski/ Cornell University
Cornell experts discuss COVID-19's origin and its impact on the global economy. Cornell's Dr. Alex Travis states "if COVID-19 teaches us anything, it's that we can't afford not to pay attention to how we interact with the environment."
The Cornell Wildlife Health Center envisions a healthy future for wildlife, people and planet. We strive to develop proactive, science-based approaches for sustaining a healthier world. By improving knowledge, understanding, and capacity at the interface of wildlife health, domestic animal health, and human health and livelihoods, environmental stewardship can be enhanced today, and for tomorrow.
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