Podcast: The next pandemic is already lurking

Hopefully the COVID-19 nightmare will soon wane, but it’s unlikely to be the last pandemic of our lifetimes. The virus that will trigger the next pandemic is likely already in existence.

Animals can infect humans with hundreds of thousands of viruses. The risk of viruses spreading from one species to another is lower when there are buffer zones between people and wild animals. These buffer zones are being destroyed by human behavior, including deforestation, urbanization, and climate change.

Today’s L.A. Times foreign correspondent Kate Linthicum and Emily Baumgaertner (who focuses on medical investigations) explain the problem. They discuss ways to reduce the risk or solve the problem.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times foreign correspondent Kate Linthicum and national correspondent Emily Baumgaertner

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About The Times

“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producers Denise Guerra, Shannon Lin and Kasia Broussalian and producers Melissa Kaplan, Ashlea Brown and Angel Carreras. Our engineer is Mario Diaz. Lauren Raab is our editor. Jazmin Aguilera, Shani O. Hilton are our executive producers. Andrew Eapen composed our theme song.

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