What do we need to understand about the diversity and ecology of viral threats?

The first thing to understand is that whatever future threats we’re going to face already exist; they are currently circulating in wildlife. Think of it as viral dark matter. A large pool of viruses are circulating and we don’t become familiar with them until we see a spillover event and people getting ill.

– Dennis Carroll, The Man Who Saw the Pandemic Coming (nautil.us)

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