- 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