Note by Fabien Bourlon, Geographer of the CIEP. Several studies have shown that COVID 19, like SARS in 2006, was transmitted to humans through a wild animal. Covid-19, or the new coronavirus, has never before been identified in humans. Professor Gozlan of the Institut de Recherche et Développement in Montpellier, France, states: “The lower the biological diversity of animals, the greater the risk of transmission from animals to humans. This is because an animal population that carries an infectious agent, such as a virus, has several ways of containing that virus or will develop a genetic diversity resistant to different 
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