The pangolin, one of the most poached animals in the world, could have served as an intermediate host in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans.
Covid-19, like other major epidemics, is not unrelated to the biodiversity and climate crisis we are experiencing.
Nurse Cheedy Jaja in Sierre Leone in 2015, where he helped treat patients with Ebola during the West Africa outbreak.
Rebecca E. Rollins/Partners in Health
Nurses on the front lines of a pandemic need education, training and institutional support.
A member of the South African National Defence Force hands out pamphlets informing township residents about COVID-19 in Johannesburg.
Ubuntu provides a language for people to participate in preventive action, even if this involves practices such as lockdowns.
One of the first babies born on 1 January 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Unfortunately, disrespectful and neglectful treatment of women during childbirth, including verbal, physical and emotional abuse is not uncommon.
Some members of New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community defied the government’s ban on gathering for Passover and other religious occasions, Brooklyn, April 16, 2020.
ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images
Given that some people look to religious authorities not health officials in times of crisis, faith leaders can promote hand-washing and social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Municipal workers block the streets of the Medina neighbourhood of Dakar, Senegal, on March 22, 2020 as a bulldozer demolishes informal shops in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
(AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)
African countries face unique challenges in their efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, but lessons learned in other regions where the coronavirus has already peaked may be helpful.
Zoonotic diseases can emerge closer to home than you realise.
The mortuary in Girona, Spain, one of the countries hardest hit by coronaviurs.
Marti Navarro/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
An expert on forensic science explains the critical role of coroners and pathologists in the COVID-19 crisis, as many cities struggle to manage the soaring number of dead bodies.
The Cambodian army unload medical supplies donated by China.
Military support for coronavirus responses must remain subordinate to public health expertise – and learn from previous epidemics.
An almost deserted highway in Accra
Delalli Adogla-Bessa/Citi FM
A lockdown by itself is not a magic wand for fighting coronavirus.
A person who has recovered from COVID-19 donates plasma in Shandong, China.
STR/AFP via Getty Images
Before a vaccine is available to teach your immune system to ward off the coronavirus, maybe you can directly use molecules that have already fought it in other people.
U.S. officials risk public health by equating COVID-19 with places far from home.
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.
A vendor distributes newspapers wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Nairobi, Kenya.
Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images
The economic impact of the disease will have dramatic effects on the well-being of families and communities
The biggest lesson has been that controlling a disease outbreak like Ebola is impossible without community trust and engagement.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom at an Ebola treatment centre in Itipo.
Getty images/ Junior D. Kannah
Everything starts and ends with leadership.
Ebola posters in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Olivia Acland / Barcroft Media via Getty Images /
Experiences dealing with previous outbreaks of infectious disease can help countries with weak health systems prepare for new health emergencies.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems able to spread to anyone, anywhere.
While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history shows that doing so can have serious consequences for the people that live there.
Medical staff strike over coronavirus concerns in Hong Kong. Hospital workers are demanding the border with mainland China be shut completely to ward off the virus.
(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
The prevalence of racism and scapegoating in the face of catastrophes and disasters has a much longer history than the new coronavirus outbreak.
To how many others will one infected person spread the infection?
Bim/E+ via Getty Images
Epidemiologists want to quickly identify any emerging disease's potential to spread far and wide. Dependent on a number of factors, this R0 number helps them figure that out and plan accordingly.
A horseshoe bat chasing a moth. Horseshoe bats were the source of SARS. Scientists consider bats to be a possible source of coronavirus.
DE AGOSTINI PICTURE LIBRARY / Contributor
Some of the world's worst diseases have come from animals. Bats, cows, camels and horses have all contributed. Now, scientists are working to know which animal introduced the new coronavirus.