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[Independent] I’ve studied the history of viral outbreaks. Coronavirus panic shows how little China learned from SARS

  • Politics shouldn’t be brought into public health: this has been one of the resounding messages promoted during the current coronavirus outbreak in China. Epidemic control also means managing expectations and ensuring transparency.
  • During the SARS outbreak, Chinese authorities were widely condemned for covering up the scale of the initial outbreak, and for their reluctance to collaborate with the international community.
  • Robert Peckham is MB Lee Professor in the Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong and author of ‘Epidemics in Modern Asia’.

By Robert Peckham, 30 January, 2020

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Professor Robert Peckham is the Department Chair in the Department of History, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts at the University of Hong Kong. Photo: HKU Development & Alumni Affairs Office YouTube
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