loss of forests may increase human to nonhuman primate interactions. These interactions can increase the spread of diseases including COVID-19. More than half of human pathogens are thought to be zoonotic and are transmitted to humans from animals.
By looking at forests in Uganda, there is a close proximity between the rural communities and the forests. This is causing limited distance and for both humans and animals to use the same resources. Buffer zones have been suggested by authors to minimize these interactions. This is important to prevent any future pandemics.