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January 27, 2020 - LA Times

Op-Ed: This new coronavirus was preventable. But we never seem to learn the lessons of former outbreaks

Op-Ed: This new coronavirus was preventable. But we never seem to learn the lessons of former outbreaks
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In recent days, in the largest quarantine effort in history, Wuhan city in China was put on lockdown and the Chinese government imposed wide-ranging restrictions on both domestic and foreign travel.

The actions are aimed at containing a brand-new coronavirus called 2019-nCoV, which as of Saturday had killed at least 42 people and sickened nearly 1,400 in China. [But] the emergence of this new virus was predictable, even inevitable. To understand why requires looking back to an earlier virus that emerged in China, SARS. Like the new illness, SARS was caused by a coronavirus. In 2003, it exploded out of a “wet market” in Guangdong where civet cats, raccoon dogs and multitudes of other animals were caged together in tight, squalid conditions.

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