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The current pandemic that strikes the world has made clear how close the relationship between human, animal and environmental health is.
In the Twenty-First Century alone, three new human coronaviruses and three new swine coronaviruses have emerged that have spread globally.
And it is to be expected that there will be an unenthusiastic future in which outbreaks with pandemic capacity are frequent if forests and biodiversity continue to be destroyed at the current rate. For this reason, scientists warn of the need to create strategies aimed at identifying the most dangerous possible zoonotic coronaviruses that may pose another great risk to global human health.
In line with this idea, research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) has analyzed the risk of a new porcine coronavirus (SADS-CoV) and has found that the strain has the potential to spread to humans. Humans and pigs are surprisingly close when it comes to genetics, making it easy for a virus to pass from pigs to humans.
"The data demonstrate that SADS-CoV has a wide range of hosts and has an inherent potential to spread between animal and human hosts, perhaps using pigs as an intermediate species," the study indicates.
Known as swine acute diarrhea syndrome (SADS-CoV), this disease has been plaguing pig farms since it was first detected in China in 2016 and is believed to have passed to these animals from bats.
New 2016 Chinese coronavirus discovery
"The swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV) is a newly discovered highly pathogenic virus that likely evolved from closely related HKU2 bat coronavirus," the research notes.
Its symptoms cause diarrhea and vomiting and are highly fatal, especially in young animals - with a mortality rate of 90% in piglets under 5 days, according to the study data—.
The aim of this study was to evaluate human susceptibility to transmission and replication between species of SADS-CoV.
To do this, the researchers carried out laboratory tests in which a recombinant virus (Rsads-CoV) was "synthetically resurrected".
The findings made it clear that the virus was able to replicate in a wide range of mammalian cells, including human cells.
"We demonstrated that SADS-CoV was efficiently replicated in primary human cells derived from both the lung and intestine, highlighting an intrinsic potential for inter-species transmission and human susceptibility to infection," the study's findings note.
According to Caitlin Edwards, one of the lead authors of the study, unlike SARS-CoV-2 (causing COVID-19), which mainly infects lung cells, this strain shows a higher growth rate in intestinal cells.
"The efficient growth of primary human intestinal and lung cells implicates SADS-CoV as a potentially higher-risk emerging coronavirus pathogen that could adversely affect the global economy and Human Health" warns the research.
However, the study also found that remdesivir, one of the drugs that has shown the most effectiveness today against COVID-19, also seemed effective against this strain.
"It is important to note that remdesivir (...) effectively blocked rSADS-CoV Replication in vitro, " the researchers say.
Given the economic and health damage that the coronavirus pandemic causing COVID-19 has generated, it is crucial to take the necessary measures to ensure that this virus does not jump to humans. Hence the researchers of the study call for greater attention of this strain.
"We recommend that both pig workers and the pig population be continuously monitored for signs of SADS-CoV infections to prevent outbreaks and massive economic losses," Edwards warns in a statement.
New 2016 Chinese coronavirus discovery
The CEO of Axel Springer Spain highlights the potential of Business Insider: "Our goal is to help create a new generation of leaders who drive a better society"
"Our goal is to help create a new generation of leaders who promote a better society", summarizes Manuel Del Campo, CEO of Axel Springer Spain, the vision of Business Insider Spain, medium of which he is also editor.
When he launched the project in December 2017, Del Campo's idea was to recover the founding spirit of the American head office and bring the economy and technology closer to the Spanish market. His goal, he comments in an interview for IPMARK, a differential proposal with new narrative styles, information and ideological neutrality, "although in Spain there is not much intention to do so by most media".
"Our guideline is to offer the information and explain it in the closest and most entertaining way possible, so that it is the reader who draws his conclusions. We want readers to think, not applaud because they read what they want to read. We provide information, enrich the reader's knowledge and let him decide what to do with all this", Shares Del Campo.
Thus, the project draws from its American brother in wanting to bring information to all audiences, explaining how they affect in their day to day the different information of economy and technology, historically far from street level. Through "a young and gender-balanced editorial staff", the newspaper covers all age ranges, from 18 to over 65, although the largest percentage (around 30%), is between 25 and 45. Also gender balanced, with 55% of female readers versus 45% of men.
The idea seems to have worked, with the threshold of 4 million unique users in Spain just around the corner. For now, and in what is still a very initial phase of the product, the task of Business Insider Spain is focused on increasing and retaining the audience before exploring alternative revenue routes such as the subscription, already present in the US version. "Pay-for-content models are an option, but there's more," he summarizes.
In the long run, he predicts, the future of the media will go through investing in technology until it ends up becoming leading technology companies, "which will allow us to monetize our product in different ways," he clarifies.
Of course, not everything is perennial. Last July, the Spanish head of Business Insider presented its new website, a latest renovation that brings it even closer to the American portal and facilitates "both the reading experience and the performance of advertising positions, adapting it to current demands", reflects Del Campo.
"From the point of view of design, the look&feel has been completely changed, the style they have in BI USA, where the content appears ordered by blocks that in turn relate some articles to others, so that the reader has a very enriching experience."
Finally, the CEO of Axel Springer has featured 4 of the inactive badge of the Spanish edition of Business Insider: its sections devoted to the innovation and new challenges of the companies (Smart Business), their impetus for a new generation of leaders and business strategies (CEO Insider), the added value of the companies to the entire society (Better Capitalism) or your bet by a disabled non-polluting in the automotive industry (Mobility Insider).