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The Lessons We Should Have Learned From The 2003 SARS Outbreak

Patients put on face masks as they leave the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) clinic setup at Sunnybrook & Women's hospital in Toronto, Canada, on 31 March, 2003. (J.P. MOCZULSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Patients put on face masks as they leave the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) clinic setup at Sunnybrook & Women's hospital in Toronto, Canada, on 31 March, 2003. (J.P. MOCZULSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

17 years ago, the world was facing a different mysterious, viral respiratory disease. Dr. Ali Khan tells us what we should have learned from SARS.

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Dr. Ali Khan, professor of epidemiology and dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Author of “ The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers.” ( @UNMC_DrKhan)

From The Reading List

New Yorker: “ Why Weren’t We Ready for the Coronavirus?” — “In 2006, the idea that an unknown virus might spill out of some wild animal into humans, achieving person-to-person transmission and causing a global pandemic, seemed a distant prospect to most people. As an engaging science-fiction scare, it ranked somewhere beneath ‘Alien: Resurrection.’ But Ali S. Khan, of the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases, was tasked with dreaming that nightmare by daylight.”

NPR: “ Former CDC Official Warns Of 2nd COVID-19 Wave: Most Americans Are Still Susceptible” — “Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., officials have been warning about the prospect of a second wave. Some even say additional COVID-19 spikes in the country could be worse than the first wave.”

KCUR: “ U.S. ‘Healthcare System Was Not Ready’ For COVID-19, Says A Former CDC Official” — “The former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response evaluated the U.S. response to an pandemic he said was only a matter of time.”

NPR: “ More Americans Are Getting Tested, But Experts Warn Of Second Wave” — “Turns out, it’s not disbanding. But the White House coronavirus task force, the president says, is going to shift focus to reopening.”

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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