Refrain from eating out of a communal hotpot: Science writer

Farrer Park Primary School pupils washing their hands before mealtime. Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Laurie Garrett says the coronavirus outbreak is a very serious epidemic and perhaps "one of the most serious challenges we have faced in at l
Farrer Park Primary School pupils washing their hands before mealtime. Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Laurie Garrett says the coronavirus outbreak is a very serious epidemic and perhaps "one of the most serious challenges we have faced in at least two or three decades".ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The best way to protect against the coronavirus is to understand it is like the virus that causes the highly contagious common cold, said Ms Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer who has written books on pandemics.

"About half of all common colds are coronaviruses, so they're in the same family with this very dangerous virus," she said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2020, with the headline 'Refrain from eating out of a communal hotpot: Science writer'. Print Edition | Subscribe