02.01.20 | Forbes
By Steve Brozak
With Health and Human Services’ declaration that the novel coronavirus, known as Wuhan Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was now a US public health emergency, we face the realization that this is a small world where borders are not recognized by pathogens. The virus has spread rapidly and reports from China indicate the number of people infected at writing around 12,000. Consequently, many are left wondering what the impact will be on our healthcare system and economy. Yet to answer this, there must be a basic understanding of what the virus really is and the information to date has been nominal in explaining this. Here are 5 questions that can help to quantify how serious the damage from the virus will be both to life and the economy. Still with no irony, we should also think about the proverbial “unknown unknowns” when considering that this is not a complete list.
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