Research suggests the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 might have been around for years, only morphing into a lethal form sometime before the outbreak in 2019. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

Relevant lessons from climate change and a global pandemic in the 19th century

  • A powerful volcanic eruption in 1815 set off a chain of events, from extreme weather and crop failures to a global cholera pandemic
  • In 2020, the world should know better than to waste time squabbling about the origins of Covid-19
Research suggests the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 might have been around for years, only morphing into a lethal form sometime before the outbreak in 2019. Photo: AFP
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