SARS-CoV-2: Tiny Coronavirus, Big Problems

April 15, 2020

The call came on Sunday morning, Jan. 19, 2020, and Chas DeBolt, MPH, answered it. She had to: as a senior epidemiologist for the Washington Department of Health, in Seattle, DeBolt was on call, over the holiday weekend. She listened as a clinician described a 35-year-old patient who thought he had a fever and definitely had a mild cough. X-rays didn’t reveal anything suspicious, but the clinician heard rattling sounds—known as rhonchi—when the patient breathed. His

Author: Stephen Ornes

Stephen Ornes
Stephen Ornes is a science and medical writer who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He's also the creator and host of "Calculated," a podcast collection of stories about people at the intersection of math, art and culture. Visit him online at

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