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Catalina Gomez López


Unhealthy markets and covid-19 – The expansion of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which has emerged in the humid market of the Chinese city of Wuhan, advances inexorably. Who has seen a wet market in China or any of the markets of this type in the world will not be surprised. Wet markets refer to the fact that many of the domestic or wild animals sold are slaughtered on site. In an extremely congested and closed space, hundreds of people crowd every morning, cages full of domestic and wild animals, blood, excreta, guts and body fluids intermingle, in the midst of a total absence of biosecurity. Live fish that shake in buckets, gutted and filleted on the ground. Hygienic-sanitary conditions are deplorable. Before reaching the market, the stench is evident in the environment. There are people who live and spend the night in the market itself or its closest environment. Aside from total disregard for animal welfare, these markets have all the ingredients to create the perfect environment for viral or microbial transmission. As long as these markets persist, we will...

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