Why Weren’t We Ready for the Coronavirus? | The New Yorker

“This is about lack of imagination,” Ali Khan, formerly of the C.D.C., said.Photograph by Walker Pickering for The New Yorker
“This is about lack of imagination,” Ali Khan, formerly of the C.D.C., said.Photograph by Walker Pickering for The New Yorker

The U.S. has fared worse than other countries not because it lacked information or funding but because it failed to learn the lessons of the last outbreaks.

“In 2006, the idea that an unknown virus might spill out of some wild animal into humans, achieving person-to-person transmission and causing a global pandemic, seemed a distant prospect to most people. As an engaging science-fiction scare, it ranked somewhere beneath “Alien: Resurrection.” But Ali S. Khan, of the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases, was tasked with dreaming that nightmare by daylight.”

Source: Why Weren’t We Ready for the Coronavirus? | The New Yorker

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