The World Economic Forum released their 2020 Global Risks Report in early Jan, just before Covid hit, which included this summary...
It's makes sobering reading for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, a pandemic was neither the most likely or most impactful risk they forecasted, but still risky enough that you would have hoped for some planning somewhere. Ironically, the full report has a whole chapter on the pressures facing our health systems.
But more worrying still is the elephant in the room we can't ignore: that the most likely and significant threat to our future (and many people's present) comes from the interconnected climate-related factors that have yet too fully hit (at least in our neck of the woods).
Although back in March the Guardian did have this to say...
"as habitat and biodiversity loss increases globally, the coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics".
So, yes, the climate emergency was a significant exacerbating factor in Covid-19 too, and it will only get worse unless we do something about it.
Time to act now.