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As CDC Warns of Coronavirus’s Spread in Us, Officials Reveal That More Than 600 in Mass. Have Been Monitored for Illness

Alumna Nahid Bhadelia (J99, F05, M05) speaks with The Boston Globe about the indirect impact of epidemics.

More than 600 Massachusetts residents who traveled to China recently have voluntarily quarantined themselves at home while being monitored for the novel coronavirus, health officials revealed Wednesday.

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Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, assistant professor at Tufts University’s Fletcher School and medical director of the Special Pathogens Unit at Boston University School of Medicine, has worked in Ebola treatment units in Africa. She noted that Ebola epidemic was devastating to West Africa — even though less than one half of 1 percent of residents became ill. School and business closings had more far-reaching effects. “That’s really what pandemics do,” she said. “It’s a not a direct impact. It’s an indirect impact.”

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