The Cambodian army unload medical supplies donated by China.
Military support for coronavirus responses must remain subordinate to public health expertise – and learn from previous epidemics.
An almost deserted highway in Accra
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A lockdown by itself is not a magic wand for fighting coronavirus.
A person who has recovered from COVID-19 donates plasma in Shandong, China.
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Before a vaccine is available to teach your immune system to ward off the coronavirus, maybe you can directly use molecules that have already fought it in other people.
U.S. officials risk public health by equating COVID-19 with places far from home.
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Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.
A vendor distributes newspapers wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Nairobi, Kenya.
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The economic impact of the disease will have dramatic effects on the well-being of families and communities
The biggest lesson has been that controlling a disease outbreak like Ebola is impossible without community trust and engagement.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom at an Ebola treatment centre in Itipo.
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Everything starts and ends with leadership.
Ebola posters in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
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Experiences dealing with previous outbreaks of infectious disease can help countries with weak health systems prepare for new health emergencies.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems able to spread to anyone, anywhere.
While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history shows that doing so can have serious consequences for the people that live there.
Medical staff strike over coronavirus concerns in Hong Kong. Hospital workers are demanding the border with mainland China be shut completely to ward off the virus.
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The prevalence of racism and scapegoating in the face of catastrophes and disasters has a much longer history than the new coronavirus outbreak.
To how many others will one infected person spread the infection?
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Epidemiologists want to quickly identify any emerging disease's potential to spread far and wide. Dependent on a number of factors, this R0 number helps them figure that out and plan accordingly.
A horseshoe bat chasing a moth. Horseshoe bats were the source of SARS. Scientists consider bats to be a possible source of coronavirus.
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Some of the world's worst diseases have come from animals. Bats, cows, camels and horses have all contributed. Now, scientists are working to know which animal introduced the new coronavirus.
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.
Cambodian high-school students line up to sanitize their hands to avoid coronavirus in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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China's coronavirus outbreak is stoking fears that it could become the next great global pandemic. As the World Health Organization declares a global emergency, it's also fanning a pandemic of fear.
Kenyan health workers from port health services screen inbound travelers for temperatures at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Airport public health officials have got better at screening at ports of entry especially for international arrivals.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says it will use lessons from the Ebola outbreak to strengthen its risk communications capacity.
Passengers on a tram in China wear surgical masks to guard against viral infection.
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Two coronaviruses were identified in the 1960s, and five since SARS in 2003. It is the seventh that is now making headlines.
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When done properly, a simulation exercise is a useful tool for evaluating preparedness for a public health emergency.
Hospital workers wearing biohazard suits scrub down a man in a decontamination drill.
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Talk of bioterrorism might provoke fears of smallpox and anthrax, but mundane threats like salmonella may pose greater danger. And experts say that the U.S. is not prepared for an attack.
UNICEF carers at a creche for children whose parents are being treated for Ebola. Building health infrastructure is crucial to stopping the next outbreak.
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The emergency in the DRC shows that despite all these positive changes, the global response to containing Ebola outbreaks is undermined by the lack of health care and public health infrastructure.