John Oliver talks possibility of another pandemic on season premiere of ‘Last Week Tonight’
“If we’re not very careful, the next pandemic could be even worse,” Oliver stated, including, “Now might be the most important time talk about this because scientists attempted to warn us about the ‘next’ pandemic long before the current one hit, and we didn’t really listen.”
Oliver played a clip from a 2004 “60 Minutes” sector about the SARS epidemic which warned that another, more fatal, pandemic was on the horizon.
He went over logging, urbanization, damp markets and animals as possible reasons for the next pandemic, and recommended methods to identify possible health threats ahead of time.
He likewise cautioned usto not get “complacent” with the pandemic we are presently in.
“So for the good of future generations, and in all likelihood, us in a few years’ time, we really need to remember how we feel right now and invest accordingly, because the truth is you never know where the next pandemic is going to come from,” Oliver stated.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.