04.22.2020

Infectious disease expert: We're only in the second inning of the pandemic

Infectious disease expert: We're only in the second inning of the pandemic Photo by Stuart Isett for Fortune Brainstorm Health

Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm, who has been warning for a decade and a half about the possibility of a global pandemic, said the coronavirus we're fighting is at least as infectious as the one that killed an estimated 50 million people in the 1918 flu worldwide outbreak.

He said we're only in the second inning of a nine-inning contest, with the possibility of as many as 800,000 deaths or more in the US over the next 18 months.
 
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