Residents of Hong Kong wear masks as they make their commutes.
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The tremendous costs of COVID-19 show why the world needs to do a better job preventing epidemics from occurring – or at least mitigate the impact.
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Sensationalist media coverage of the novel coronavirus risks spreading fear rather than keeping the public informed.
What's the best way to tackle coronavirus myths and misinformation if they come up in everyday conversation?
Poor communication and misinformation is yet another way an epidemic can cause harm. So it's important health authorities get their messaging right.
Flight attendants check temperatures of passengers aboard an Air China flight from Melbourne to Beijing on Feb. 4, 2020.
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The World Health Organization has said the coronavirus is not yet a pandemic. That raises a question: just what is a pandemic? An expert explains.
Colorized scanning electron micrograph of filamentous Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from an infected cell (yellow-green).
The Trump administration has cut funding for infectious disease research and reduced high-level staffing for global health security, leaving the nation less prepared for major outbreaks.
Wuhan University Sakura Castle, one of the oldest in China with the city in the backdrop. December 2018.
The strong crisis management in Wuhan will probe the capacity of the Chinese government to prepare adequately for pandemic and may test Xi's rule.
Woman walks past the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.
Exotic and sensational depictions of Chinese wet markets may prevent a proper and efficient understanding of how viral diseases emerge.
Body temperature being checked at the exit of a railway station in Fuyang, Anhui province, China, January 29 2020.
China’s strategy to contain the coronavirus just might work because of the way cities and infrastructure have been developed.
The Wuhan Jinyintan hospital is bearing the brunt. Based on what we know so far, the economic impact will be limited.
The 1918 Spanish Flu, the 1957-1958 Asian Flu and the 2001-2002 SARS pandemic give us a frame of reference.
Masks are selling out in Singapore amid concerns about the Wuhan virus.
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The World Health Organization decided that the coronavirus outbreak in China is not a public health emergency of international concern. At least, not at the moment.
Wildlife trade is a threat to human health.
Little yellow-shouldered bat.
Scientists identify the risk of bat flu spreading to humans.
Young boy receiving polio vaccine.
A bit of humility can go a long way.
Women were at the forefront of managing the influenza pandemic.
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Recent findings say that sitting around is a 'first world' problem. In reality, it's a bit more complicated than that.
In the event of pandemic flu, poor countries will suffer the most.
Policemen wearing masks provided by the American Red Cross in Seattle, 1918.
For nearly 50 years academic and popular writers ignored the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. A hundred years later, historians can't get enough of it.
A poster from a world summit in Hong Kong on preparing for worldwide pandemics in June 2010. Despite efforts to develop plans, none is yet in place.
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It's not a matter of if, but when, the next deadly pandemic will strike. Will the world be ready?
Bejing. Bird flu is transmitted in various ways and the process needs to be studied in depth.
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A scientific question fascinates experts : under which conditions can bird flu virus be transmitted to humans by aerial particles, and what will be the consequences for those who aren’t immune?