While information flow and response capabilities are better now than during Sars in 2003, the evidence so far shows that the coronavirus originating from Wuhan is a formidable foe. Things will get worse before getting better.
The public is usually quite familiar with what many clinical specialists such as surgeons, cardiologists and anaesthetists do.
But many are not familiar with what a public health specialist does. A public health physician's core competencies include epidemiology, and coordinating and planning the fight against communicable diseases, among others.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 05, 2020, with the headline 'Coronavirus and Sars: How China and S'pore have improved in disease management'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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