A Doctor Explains What You Need to Know About Coronavirus, by Kevin Pham

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By Kevin Pham, The Daily Signal, March 12, 2020

Kevin Pham, a medical doctor, is a contributor to The Daily Signal and a former graduate fellow in health policy at The Heritage Foundation.

COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus that originated in the Hubei province of China, has national governments struggling to keep up with the pandemic as it takes root in country after country.

The global response to COVID-19 has been varied and continues to evolve with Israel implementing broad quarantine requirements for travelers and Italy recently declaring a nationwide lockdown.

Understandably, there has been much confusion and panic, as well as indifference and nonchalance. In the face of crisis, panic is never helpful but nonchalance toward the pathogen will lead only to increased transmission and preventable illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Coronavirus is a group of viruses that include the viruses that cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

COVID-19 is a novel strain, which means it was unknown to humans before the initial outbreak in Wuhan. But because of its relation to these other coronaviruses, it has a similar disease course.  ….

Read more here:   stream.org/a-doctor-explains-what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus/