Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. On March 11, 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The Wilson Center's experts have been closely tracking the disease and have considered its effects on public health, trade, and US foreign policy.
Lawrence K. Altman
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As COVID-19 forces us to hunker down in our homes, telecommute, stock up on staples, limit visits to relatives and friends, and disrupt our lives in many other ways, we are paying a steep price for not heeding the advice of health officials who, for decades, repeatedly urged government officials to prepare for another pandemic resembling the one from influenza that killed 20 to 100 million people from 1917-1920.
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COVID-19 should become a pivot point in these United States. A necessary pivot point, since all signs point towards the fact that this pandemic is not an anomaly but rather symptom of globalized society and its effects on the environment…But when it comes time to commiserate on the shared memory of COVID-19 and create stronger and more flexible structures for pandemic preparedness, we may find that there are divergent narratives running on geographic and partisan lines.