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You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus

Most cases are not life-threatening, which is also what makes the virus a historic challenge to contain

Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Center on February 4th, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Wuhan epidemic prevention headquarters started converting three existing venues, including a gymnasium and an exhibition center, into hospitals to receive patients infected with the novel coronavirus. Photo by Getty Images

By James Hamblin

In May 1997, a 3-year-old boy developed what at first seemed like the common cold. When his symptoms — sore throat, fever, and cough — persisted for six days, he was taken to the Queen…

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