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.

Video chapters
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.

steady stream
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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