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By Dennis Thompson
Reporter HealthDay

WEDNESDAY, February 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) – A deadly virus spreading through a foreign country invading the United States, was accidentally brought into this country by a tourist.

In response, Americans panicked, believing that the pathogen would soon sweep across the country – although only a small number of people in the United States would be ill.

That seems like the current situation with new coronaviruses. While it killed 1,113 and infected more than 44,653 in mainland China, only 13 people became ill in the United States and there were no deaths.

But this is actually a recurring model in the United States, where the media reports on a new global health threat that causes anxiety and fear for Americans, although the risks here are quite limited. experts say.

"Although a small outbreak and dull but it is not covered much, but then some events happened creating coverage of the coverage, some of which is very sensational, and reduces the what is happening and finally really frightens people, "said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Health Security Center, in Baltimore.

The most recent example before the coronavirus was the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychology at the University of California, …


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