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School of Medicine’s Mark Cameron, warns against comparing COVID-19 to other deadly viruses

Stop comparing coronavirus to other deadly viruses

Mashable: Mark Cameron, an associate professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, commented on the best-case year-to-18-month potential timeline for a COVID-19 vaccine and also warning against underestimating its ultimate effects: “It is very dangerous at the peak of this pandemic to treat this virus as pedestrian, especially by making false equivalence arguments to previous experiences with pandemic viruses,” said Cameron; compared to well-researched pathogens like SARS, HIV or H1N1 influenza, Cameron emphasized that scientists are “deeply concerned” about the “mounting unknowns” of the virus.