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Below is the second of three installments of NPR’s entertaining and informative animated series about our relationship to germs.

While you’re watching it, reflect on the significance of (then) Center for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden’s warning that “A disease outbreak anywhere is a risk everywhere …. We are all connected by the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat, and the next outbreak may be just a plane ride away.”

Do you agree?

The video offers some supporting evidence from history: “When people figured out how to sail around the world new germs came with them. The results weren’t pretty. In the centuries after Columbus’s voyage across the Atlantic some estimates say 90% of the entire Native population of the America’s died, mostly from diseases the Europeans brought with them.”

I hope you like the 3 minute film and if you do pass it on. The final installment should air in 2 weeks.


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