DavidUpInHere OP t1_iu8bf7r wrote

A few problems I had with this article is that it claims that Avian influenza is not considered dangerous to humans...

The Spanish Flu Pandemic in 1918 was an H1N1 virus of avian origin, and it killed 50 million people. So, I would say it is considered dangerous to humans.

But what is going around right now does not spread easily from birds to humans, it requires close contact or touching them or their droppings. BUT, if someone did become infected, while also infected with SARS-CoV-2 at the same time, humanity can potentially end up dealing with a recombinant virus emerging that could be Stephen King novel devastating.

Not trying to spread fear, any infectious disease expert has been concerned about SARS-CoV-2 combining with other viruses in the wild. Avian flu would be a big one.

Unfortunately the article also suggests citizens that find a sick bird to take it to a local wildlife conservatory. This is a bad idea, a regular person without PPE shouldn't be handling these sick birds right now...