First encountered in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, the new coronavirus disease COVID-19 has spread rapidly within China and reached many other countries as well. COVID-19 is highly transmissible, with no vaccine or treatment currently available, and on January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Will the coronavirus lead to an unprecedented global pandemic, as some experts predict? Or are warnings over the dangers of COVID-19 just fearmongering?
Coronavirus will not change the world significantly
Concerns about the worst-case scenarios for COVID-19 are alarmist and overblown.
Most coronavirus cases are mild
The symptoms of COVID-19 are not usually serious and the disease's mortality rate is low.Explore
There will not be a global pandemic
High levels of awareness, active research, and the onset of warm weather will limit the spread of COVID-19.Explore
Coronavirus will cause irreparable harm
The COVID-19 pandemic will wreak havoc on the global population and devastate the economy.
The economic cost of the pandemic will be enormous
Fear, isolation, and death are a recipe for global economic crisis.Explore
Coronavirus panic will divide people
Fear of COVID-19 and bitterness over the outbreak will lead to hatred and stigmatization.Explore
Coronavirus is impossible to contain
The ease of person-to-person infection and difficulty of diagnosis make COVID-19's spread inevitable.Explore
Many people will die from coronavirus
As one country flattens its curve, another is approaching its peak. The total excess deaths caused by coronavirus are impossible to predict, and thus difficult to plan for. Lives will continue to be lost and by the end, no one will emerge untouched by this disease.Explore
Coronavirus will teach the world valuable lessons
COVID-19 will cost lives and resources, but it will also lead to important progress.
Coronavirus will improve scientific collaboration
COVID-19 research efforts are reshaping how scientists communicate with each other.Explore
Coronavirus awareness will promote important health policies
People will become more health-conscious due to COVID-19, increasing support for effective policies.Explore
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