Environmental Health, Infectious Disease

Pandoravirus: the melting Arctic is releasing ancient germs – how worried should we be?

All the viruses cultured so far are far from viruses that affect mammals, let alone, humans and would be very unlikely to pose a danger to humans. A more relevant area of concern is that as the permafrost thaws it could release the bodies of long-dead people who might have died of an infectious disease and so release that infection back into the world.