What do you think–does biodiversity protect humans against infectious disease?

Over the last decade, biodiversity (the variety of all living things on Earth) has continued to decrease due to human behavior and climate change. However, an increase in the number of zoonotic diseases (diseases transmitted from animals to humans) such as AIDS, Ebola, West Nile virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and now COVID-19 has made us more aware of how animals and humans interact in an ecosystem.
What do you think–does biodiversity protect humans against infectious disease?Present your fact-based opinion and discuss.
Each initial post should be an evidence-based opinion, crafted using Claim-Evidence Reasoning. Share your initial post early in the module and engage in interactive dialogue throughout the module. To better understand expectations for the discussions in this class, review the Claim-Evidence Reasoning (see attached file).