“Pneumonia of unknown cause — China” declared the bulletin the WHO distributed Jan. 5, 2020. Four days later, Chinese news reports said the illness was caused by a coronavirus. That was the same type of virus that caused SARS, …. “Don your spacesuits, comrades!” Michael J. Buchmeier, a professor at the University of California at Irvine, wrote in a Jan. 9, 2020, email. He was sending a news story to two fellow scientists, …. They had all worked on SARS.
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