Clear Talk Needed on New Coronavirus

February 3, 2020

The World Health Organization last week officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency, but some observers say the pathogen, though deserving of heightened attention, may not be as scary as some breathless headlines make it seem. In an online exclusive for Issues, a specialist in computational health informatics argues that to help keep both scientific and public concerns aligned with emerging facts, researchers should remain “thoughtful, careful, and vigilant” in talking about how deadly the virus may—or may not—prove to be.

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