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Faye Flam

Scientists Are Already Working on Cures for Coronavirus

After the SARS and MERS outbreaks, the NIH got to work funding potential cures.

We need a better solution, and science is on it. 

We need a better solution, and science is on it. 

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We aren’t completely unprepared for the Wuhan coronavirus now spreading around the world. Just ask the people who work in Tyvek suits and respirators, such as epidemiologist Timothy Sheahan of the University of North Carolina.

He has been studying coronaviruses since 2003, shortly after a similar virus triggered the SARS outbreak, which also started in China and spread to North America. In the end, it killed fewer than 800 people but raised legitimate fears about a global pandemic.