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Coronavirus and what needs to be done to get in front of global pandemics

In an opinion piece published in The Hill, distinguished professor of health policy and management Dr. Jonathan Fielding addresses the need for increased investment in our nation’s infectious disease safety net and for global stakeholders to collaborate and fight this disease and others that will inevitably follow.

Monday, February 24, 2020

written by Dr. Jonathan Fielding

There’s a lot we don’t know about Covid-19 — the coronavirus now spreading around the world, aided by air travel.

Fighting Covid-19 has been complicated by a lack of transparent information from China about the exact origin of the disease, but there’s much that we do know, including that the number of cases in China is plateauing due to their efforts to fight the disease, as well as the genome of this virus, which will quickly lead to an accurate diagnostic tool.

In the U.S., the next steps are to marshal that information and be smart about fully investing in our nation’s infectious disease safety net in order to protect people here at home.