Dr. Michael Greger, author of the book “How To Survive a Pandemic” draws attention to another type of virus that can have a greater impact on the world than coronavirus has. Read on.
The American nutritionist’s concerns regard chicken farms which harbours diseases when overcrowded and can kill half of the world’s population in no time.
The virus has originated in the city of Wuhan in China at the end of the last year and infected no less than 6 million people around the globe.
COVID-19 has made until now 364,000 deaths and counting and it is believed to have spread from a sick bat.
However, Dr. Greger spotted a danger living in the shadows in his book “How To Survive A Pandemic”. He points out that intensive chicken farming can have unimaginable consequences and our dependence on meat leaves us exposed to a possible outbreak.
With pandemics explosively spreading a virus from human to human, it’s never a matter of if, but when,” he added.
What is Avian Flu?
Avian Flu has claimed numerous lives in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Pacific, and the Near East. This made the population kill millions of chickens but the virus was never destroyed. The H5N1 virus or the Bird Flu first appeared in Honk Kong in 1997 and travelled dozens of countries.
Dr. Greger states that a better environment for the chickens could significantly slow down a deadly outbreak eruption.
According to Dr. Greger prevention means raising poultry in smaller flocks and more hygienic spaces, as the unbearable tight spaces and the high ammonia levels from their dropping could mean the ”pandemic jackpot that may be hidden in the lining of the chickens’ lungs”.
He opted for plant-based foods and advises people to reduce meat consumption.
Still, this may be not enough, he said, and as long poultry exists, pandemics are just around the corner.