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David Wiebers and Valery Feigin, What the COVID-19 crisis is telling humanity


We are grateful to all of our commentators. They have provided a wide range of valuable perspectives and insights from many fields, revealing a broad interest in the subject matter. Nearly all the commentaries have helped to affirm, refine, expand, amplify, deepen, interpret, elaborate, or apply the messages in the target article. Some have offered critiques and suggestions that help us address certain issues in greater detail, including several points concerning industrialized farming and the wildlife trade. Overall, there is great awareness and strong consensus among commentators that any solution for preventing future pandemics and other related health crises must take into account not only what is best for humans but also what is best for nonhumans and the environment, given the profound interconnectedness of all life.

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David O. Wiebers is Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Consultant Emeritus in Neurology and Health Sciences Research/Epidemiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The author of more than 360 scientific publications, six medical textbooks and three books for the general public, Professor Wiebers is the recipient of 22 international and 55 U.S. awards for scientific and medical achievement. Website

Valery L. Fegin is Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology and Director of AUT’s National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neuroscience, dedicated to studying the epidemiology and prevention of neurological disorders. The author of more than 370 journal articles, 12 handbooks, and 26 books, Professor Feigin is the recipient of a number of national and international awards and distinctions and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Neuroepidemiology. Website