Dr. Tom Frieden is the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and former commissioner of the New York City Health Department. He is currently president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, a global non-profit initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and part of the global non-profit Vital Strategies. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)A study published Friday in the medical journal JAMA found that 41% of the first 138 patients diagnosed at one hospital in Wuhan, China, were presumed to be infected in that hospital.
What does this mean?
What do we need to do now?
What more do we need to know?
Where is the novel coronavirus going next?
- If sustained transmission begins in other countries, which unfortunately seems likely.
- If it does, whether it can be contained, which unfortunately seems unlikely.
- How severe the illness is among those who are infected, which we still don’t know.