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How concerned should Peterborough residents be about the coronavirus?

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So what does preparing for a pandemic actually mean? This is the question on so many minds these days, and one that is bound to generate reactions of doomsday scenarios for some, and quickly dismissed by others.

So what’s the appropriate level of concern to take?

Fortunately, a new virus doesn’t emerge very often, and when it does, the first order of business is to learn all we can about it so we can base our response on the nature of the organism itself.

COVID-19 is a coronavirus, and is not influenza. Here’s what we know so far: most cases of COVID-19 will be mild. Those who are most at risk of pneumonia and increased mortality are older adults and those with underlying medical conditions. It is rapidly spreading across the globe. Currently, it is only persons who have travelled internationally within the last 14 days that are at risk, but this is expected to change at some point, as the virus moves into the general community.

Since COVID-19 is not influenza, we don’t have a vaccine in our toolkit as readily as we would in an influenza........

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