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"I'm an epidemiologist. Here's what I told my friends about the coronavirus and COVID-19."

Malia Jones, MPH '08, PhD '12, a UCLA Fielding School of Public Health alum and University of Wisconsin epidemiologist, wrote an op-ed about preventative measures for COVID-19.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

I'm not an expert on the COVID-19 virus by any stretch, but I study epidemics and have general knowledge and training that is applicable. Here are my thoughts on what's happening and what we should do: 

First of all, we are going to see a tremendous increase in the number of cases of coronavirus in the coming days. This is not entirely because of some new pattern in the spread of the disease but rather due to a major change in the requirements to be tested.

Until recently, if you had a flu-like illness but had not recently traveled to China, Italy, South Korea or Iran, you could not be tested. This is just the way health care works; you get tested if you meet the case definition, and the case definition included travel.

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