Coronavirus in China: Epidemic Reporter Laurie Garrett Explains the Tough Realities & the Possibility of a Global Pandemic

By Jan Jekielek
Jan Jekielek
Jan Jekielek
Senior Editor
Jan Jekielek is a senior editor with The Epoch Times and host of the show, "American Thought Leaders." Jan’s career has spanned academia, media, and international human rights work. In 2009 he joined The Epoch Times full time and has served in a variety of roles, including as website chief editor. He is the producer of the award-winning Holocaust documentary film "Finding Manny."
February 14, 2020Updated: February 16, 2020

Through the eyes of a reporter who has worked in over 30 epidemic zones, including SARS in China and Ebola in West Africa, just how big a threat is the current coronavirus outbreak?

How can coronavirus be transmitted? How virulent is it, and how does it compare with SARS, MERS, and the 1918 influenza pandemic?

How has the Chinese Communist Party’s cover-up of information contributed to the spread of coronavirus in Wuhan and beyond?

And, what are the best precautions to avoid infection?

This is American Thought Leaders 🇺🇸, and I’m Jan Jekielek.

In this episode, we’ll sit down with Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Laurie Garrett, an expert on epidemics and a columnist for Foreign Policy. She breaks down the current COVID-19 outbreak, preventative measures, and why she will be looking closely at Singapore and Hong Kong in the coming weeks to determine if this will develop into a global pandemic.

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