Science Behind Virus: Where is the epidemic going?

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  • People hope the COVID-19 outbreak will come to an end as soon as possible. So what could be in store for the epidemic? We don’t have a crystal ball to show us the future, but we can get some clues from the past.

    Both SARS and the virus that caused COVID-19 are known as coronaviruses, so it might be helpful to compare the 2003 SARS outbreak with the current one. This might present us with the best-case scenario, where the virus is put under control through public health intervention.

    The best way to contain the virus in both outbreaks is to identify cases as soon as possible and put the infected in isolation.

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