New York (The Verge) — The coronavirus could stick around, but the way we fight it will change if it does theverge.com/2020/2/7/21128….
If containment efforts fail, the coronavirus could be a more permanent threat to the general population. The implications of that switch are still unclear, but learning more about the virus would make its presence seem less scary.
People are much more comfortable with something well-understood and predictable, says Erin Sorrell, assistant research professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at Georgetown University. “People tolerate the risk of exposure to seasonal flu,” she says. “We’re comparing a risk tolerance of something new and novel and not well understood, versus something we see year after year.” — Nicole Wetsman/@verge