The UN is warning that more zoonotic diseases like Ebola, West Nile fever, SARS and Covid-19 could make the jump from animals to humans unless we change the way we do things. Neil and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.
0:00 – Introduction
0:36 – The story
2:02 – Headline 1: New UN report outlines ways to curb growing spread of animal-to-human diseases
4:52 – Headline 2: UN warns of ‘steady stream’ of infectious diseases unless world tackles wildlife exploitation
7:19 – Headline 3: Preventing the next pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission
10:18 – Language summary
Key words and phrases:
gives the main ideas
*The boss always outlines her spending plans for the year in March.
*The government’s outlined its economic recovery plan following the coronavirus pandemic.
continuous flow of something
*Ed Sheeran’s had a steady stream of hits over the last few years.
*Top football clubs produce a steady stream of talented young players.
break the chain
stop a series of related events
*To give up smoking, you need to break the chain of addiction.
*Breaking the chain of infection is one way of stopping the spread of coronavirus.
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