In two months, the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China has spread to every province of China and at least 23 countries around the world. Journalists, scholars, and public health experts point to the lack of data and public communication in the initial and critical stage of the virus’s spread.
This pattern is not new. In 2019, a deadly pig virus called African swine fever started out as a local problem but eventually grew into a national crisis and a global threat. During the 2003 SARS epidemic, China was accused of hiding critical information and exacerbating the spread of the virus.
This special episode of Because China dives deep into why China keeps making the same mistake over and over again in addressing public health crises.
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