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How to create a pandemic?
We might want to treat the animals with antimicrobials in order to treat diseases or as a preventive measure. This also increases the chances of microbes becoming resistant to them.
Another way of spreading the disease would be to transport infected animals to a place where we kill them and then have them cut up by people working in close proximity to each other. Any pathogens in their blood or flesh would have ample opportunity to infect people by being breathed in or ingested.
Once we've cut up the dead animals we can then transport the pieces to places where people can buy these pieces of infected animals to eat. If they don't prepare the pieces properly then they can get infected by the pathogen.
Covid-19 shows the dangers of that strategy: the outbreak had already spread before it was recognised and now we are all paying the price: the millions of deaths and sick people, the costs to the economy and peoples' mental well being, the effect on the education of our children etc. We are also belatedly learning how dangerous social media can be when it gives free reign to conspiracy theorists and cranks who politicise such basic public health measures as wearing a mask and keeping a distance from people.