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Is the Coronavirus Outbreak as Bad as SARS or the 2009 Influenza Pandemic? A Biologist Explains the Clues  

Author:  Maciej F. Boni.

Source: Volume 21, Number 03, March/April 2020 , pp.33-34(2)

Correctional Health Care Report

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As the new coronavirus continues to cross international borders, the two key questions on public health officials’ minds are: ‘How deadly is it?’ and ‘Can it be contained?’ The two outbreaks in recent memory that give the most insight into these questions are the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak (CDC), which spread from China to 26 other countries but was contained after eight months, and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. A biologist compares what we know about these diseases. This article is published under a Creative Commons license from “The Conversation.” Correctional Health Care Report’s coverage of Covid-19 is being made available at no charge. This article can be accessed free at https://www.civicresearchinstitute.com/pdfs/CHC-2103-01-Corona-v-SARS-v-H1N1.pdf

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS; H1N1; Pandemic

Affiliations:  1: Pennsylvania State University.

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